The Alexander Prize was endowed in 1897 by L.C. Alexander, Secretary of the Society at its foundation in 1868 and a Life Member from 1870. The original endowment offered “to provide yearly a Gold Medal to be called ‘The Alexander Medal'”. The gold medal was later changed to a silver medal and now the successful candidate is awarded a prize of £250.
The prize is awarded 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.
Winners are invited to submit another paper to the Literary Directors within nine months of the award, with a view to publication in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society.
Jake Richards, ‘Anti-Slave-Trade Law, “Liberated Africans” and the State in the South Atlantic World, c. 1839-1852’, Past and Present, 241 (2018), 170-219.
A list of all the past Alexander Prize winners is available here.
How to enter
- Candidates must be doctoral students in History in a UK institution, or be within two years of having completed a doctorate in History in a UK institution at the time of the closing date for entries.
- The article or essay must have been published in a journal or edited collection during the calendar year 2019.
- Please note that an electronic copy of your article or essay will need to be uploaded to the entry form.
- For further information on how to enter, please refer to the Guidelines.
- Once you have read the guidelines, please complete the Entry Form.
Closing date for entries: 31 December 2019
All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at: firstname.lastname@example.org