Royal Historical Society History Today Prize

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


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.

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.

All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the RHS Membership and Administration Officer:


List of previous winners of the History Today winners