Royal Historical Society History Today Prize

The Royal Historical Society History Today prize rewards high-quality work by undergraduates in their final-year dissertations.

It is jointly sponsored by the Society and History Today magazine, and is part of our close association with a magazine which since 1951 has been a pioneer in communicating the results of historical scholarship to the general public. The winner will be awarded a prize of £250 and, at the discretion of the Editor of History Today, an edited article-length version of their dissertation will be published in a future issue of the magazine.

Ella Sbaraini was the 2019 winner. You can read her essay ‘In Praise of Older Women’ in History Today magazine (November 2019).

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 Today Prize Entry Form. They will be asked to upload a copy of the dissertation.


Deadline for 2021 entries:  31 August 2021


History Today Prize Past Winners

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