Royal Historical Society History Scotland Prize

The Royal Historical Society History Scotland prize rewards high-quality work by undergraduates in dissertations on any aspect of Scottish history. It is jointly sponsored by the Society and History Scotland and represents a partnership with a magazine which is written by Scotland’s leading historians, archaeologists and museum curators and reports on current thinking and the latest research to a large public interested in Scottish history. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250 and, at the discretion of the Editor of History Scotland, the prizewinning entry will be published in a future issue of the magazine.

Previous winners include Jamie Kelly, awarded the 2014 prize for his essay ‘‘It is a work that all who profess Christianity should be assisting in’: A Study of the Origins, Operation and Impact of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge in the Highlands and Islands, 1680-1800’. Jamie wrote:

Jamie Kelly

Jamie Kelly

I am greatly honoured to receive this award from the Royal Historical Society and History Scotland. While it certainly serves to reinforce the great pride I have in my work, carried out as an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow, it has also given me an extra boost in confidence and morale as I approach the end of my Masters programme and the beginning of my PhD project: a direct development of my dissertation. I am grateful for the support and encouragement of all of the Scottish History staff at the University of Glasgow, without whom I would never have become so enthralled with the history of my own nation.

How to Enter

  • The potential level of entries to the prize is large and to reduce numbers to manageable proportions we limit entries to one for every UK Higher Education institution.
  • Departments are invited to nominate the candidate judged by the examiners to have presented the best dissertation.
  • History departments should complete a History Scotland Prize Entry Form. They will be requested to upload an electronic copy of the dissertation.

Deadline for entries: 31 August 2019

History Scotland is the world’s premier Scottish history magazine, available in print and digital editions, and provides fascinating features on topics from all branches and periods of Scottish history and archaeology. The magazine was launched in October 2001 at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh by Professor Christopher Smout, Historiographer Royal, and is backed by the Scottish history and archaeology professions with leading representatives from a variety of different disciplines on the Editorial Board. Find out more about the magazine at:

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

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