Prizes

 

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 is available below.

RHS prizes and awards are announced at a ceremony which takes place annually in July. This year’s winners featured in the  Awards ceremony, held online this year, on 23 July 2021.

 

RHS Annual Prizes, 2022

  • 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 2021.
  • 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 An annual Prize of £250 for the best published or unpublished essay addressing an aspect of Scottish history.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 2021.
  • 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 2021.
  • 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 2022.
  • The Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. An annual award of £1,000 usually to an individual historian. Deadline for nominations: 30 April 2022.
  • 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. Deadline for nominations: 30 April 2022.
  • 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 2021.

Submissions for the 2022 Prize round are now open, and should be made via the RHS Applications Portal.

 

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 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Royal Historical Society History Today Prize. Jointly sponsored with History Today, for the best undergraduate final-year dissertation. Prize of £250 and consideration for publication in a future issue of the magazine. Further details for 2022 tbc
  • The Royal Historical Society History Scotland Prize. Jointly sponsored by the Society and History Scotland, for an undergraduate dissertation on any aspect of Scottish history. Prize of £250 and consideration for publication in a future issue of the magazine. Further details for 2022 tbc.

General enquiries about RHS Prizes should be sent to: membership@royalhistsoc.org