The Royal Historical Society awards a number of prizes each year to recognise outstanding historical scholarship and achievement. The awards celebrate exceptional monograph and article publishing, graduate research and teaching. A full listing all RHS prizes and current deadlines for 2023 is available below.
RHS Prizes and Awards 2022: Winners
Winners and Runners-Up for the 2022 RHS Prizes and Awards – for research, publishing and research – were announced on Friday 22 July. A full list of winners is available on the Society’s blog. Congratulations to this year’s winners, runners-up and shortlisted authors.
Thank you also to the 170 historians who who sent in work for consideration, and to this year’s judges who gave their free time to read each of the submissions.
RHS Annual Prizes, 2023: submissions invited from 1 September 2022
Submissions for the 2023 Prizes and Awards will open on 1 September 2022. We welcome submissions from Early Career Historians, publishers and teaching colleagues for the following awards, to be announced in July 2023. Closing dates for each of the 2023 Awards are listed below.
- Alexander Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for an essay or article based on original historical research, by a doctoral candidate or those recently awarded their doctorate, published in a journal or an edited collection of essays. Deadline for nominations: 31 December 2022.
- David Berry Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for the best published or unpublished essay addressing an aspect of Scottish history. Deadline for nominations: 31 December 2022.
- Gladstone Book Prize. An annual Prize of £1,000 for a work of history on a topic not primarily related to British history that is the author’s first sole book publication. Deadline for nominations: 31 December 2022.
- Rees Davies Prize. An annual Prize of £250 for an outstanding Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education. Winners may be invited to submit an article based on the dissertation to be considered for publication in Transactions of the RHS. Deadline for nominations: 31 January 2023.
- The Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. An annual award of £1,000 usually to an individual historian. Please note: applications for this award are welcome from 1 January 2023. Deadline for nominations: 30 April 2023.
- The Royal Historical Society Innovation in Teaching Award. An annual award of £1,000, either to an individual or to a group of historians working in collaboration. Please note: applications for this award are welcome from 1 January 2023.Deadline for nominations: 30 April 2023.
- Whitfield Book Prize. An annual Prize of £1,000 for a work on British or Irish history that is the author’s first sole book publication. Deadline for nominations: 31 December 2022.
Other prizes run by the Royal Historical Society
- RHS Public History Prize. Recognises work that promotes public understanding of history and communicates a critical understanding of the past. Offered in partnership with the Historical Association and the Institute of Historical Research’s Public History Seminar, the Prize celebrates work in Museums & Exhibitions, Film & TV, Radio & Podcasts, Online Resources, Public Debate & Policy, as well as work undertaken by students. This prize is currently on hold and not accepting applications.
General enquiries about RHS Prizes should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander PrizeThe Alexander Prize is for an outstanding first journal article by a doctoral candidate or early career historian.
David Berry PrizeThe David Berry Prize is for the best article or book chapter on a subject relating to Scottish history.
Rees Davies PrizeThe Rees Davies Prize rewards outstanding work by MA students in their Master’s dissertation.
Teaching PrizesThe Royal Historical Society awards two prizes of £1000 for the teaching of History at UK Universities: the Jinty Nelson Inspirational Teaching & Supervision Award and the RHS Innovation Award.