The Rees Davies Prize for an outstanding Master’s thesis commemorates former Royal Historical Society President and distinguished medieval scholar, Professor Sir Rees Davies (1938-2005). It is awarded for the best Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education. The winner is awarded a prize of £250.
Congratulations to Jamey Jesperson, winner of this year’s Rees Davies Prize. Jamey’s Masters’ thesis—’The brutal binary: deployments of colonial gender and queer indigenous elimination in the settlement of the North American west coast, 1769-1900’—was completed at Goldsmiths, University of London, and praised by the judges as:
An exceptional piece of work, beautifully written and carefully evidenced … a significant contribution to scholarship on gender and colonialism that reflects meaningfully on both historical and contemporary issues of ideology, power and place.
Congratulations also to this year’s Runner-Up, Martha Gartside-Mitchell, for her dissertation, ‘Reproductive (in)justice, paternalism, and resistance in Los Angeles, c.1960-1980′, awarded by the University of Leeds.
How to Enter the Rees Davies Prize, 2023
- The Rees Davies Prize is awarded for the best dissertation submitted in a calendar year as part of a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) postgraduate Master’s degree in any UK institution of Higher Education.
- Nominations should be of work completed by a Masters student in a historical subject in a UK institution.
- Nominations are limited to one per centre / department / school / and nominators are asked to nominate only dissertations that they regard as being of outstanding quality.
- Nominated works may come from centres / departments / schools outside History, but will be clearly historical in subject.
- Dissertations will have been submitted for examination in the year previous to the award. For example, 2023 entries were submitted for examination in 2022.
- An electronic copy of the dissertation will need to be uploaded to the entry form.
Timetable for submissions
- Submissions for the 2023 Prize open: 1 September 2022. All submissions are via the RHS Prize Applications Portal.
- Closing date for entries for the 2023 Prize: 31 January 2023.
All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the RHS. Please contact the Membership and Administration Officer at: email@example.com
List of previous winners of the Rees Davies Prize