German History Society Prize

The German History Society, in association with the Royal Historical Society, invites entries for an essay on any aspect of German history, including the history of German-speaking people both within and beyond Europe. Papers drawing on research in primary sources and critical, methodological or theoretical essays are equally welcome. The winning essay is awarded a prize of £500 and considered for publication in the journal German History. The winning entry is announced at the Germany History Society’s AGM in September. A runner-up prize of £250 is also awarded.

The German History Prize for 2019 was awarded to Dr Simon Unger (University of Oxford) for ‘”Leaders, not Lords”: Führertum, Democracy, and Nazism in the Weimar Republic’.

Holly Fletcher (Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge) was proxime accessit for the prize for  ‘”Belly-Worshippers and Greed-Paunches”: Fatness and the Belly in the Lutheran Reformation’.

 How to Enter

  • Any postgraduate student registered for a master’s degree or a doctorate at a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland is eligible to enter the competition.
  • All postgraduates who submitted their dissertation within twelve months of the closing date for entries are also eligible.
  • Please note that an electronic copy of your 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 this entry form.

Closing date for entries: 3 June 2019

Past Winners of the German History Society Essay Prize

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All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at: