Royal Historical Society History Scotland Prize

Ben Arthur, Scotland (Liber Studiorum, part XIV, plate 69), January 1819. Designed and etched by JMW Turner. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain

August 2021: receipt of applications for the RHS History Scotland Prize is currently paused. If you wish to submit a dissertation please contact the RHS please contact Membership and Administration Officer at: Thank you.


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.

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 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: