Since many of these prizes will be offered regularly, we will keep up the information for prizes with deadlines that have passed.

Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015

Due: 16 November, 2015**

The Dorothy Dunnett Society, in association with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Edinburgh, is pleased to announce that The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015, worth £1000, is now open.

Entries for the competition will be accepted from history students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. Essays may address any aspect of current historical research that meets the Society’s constitutional aim which is:

To advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 16th November 2015.

For more info go here.

Medium Ævum Essay Prize
Due: December 1st

The competition is run annually, with postgraduates [i.e. grad students] and those recently graduated with a higher degree invited to submit an essay on a topic that falls within the range of the interests of Medium Ævum in the medieval period (up to c. 1500). The prize is £250, with a further £250 offered to the winner to fund conference attendance. In addition, the winning article may be considered for publication in Medium Ævum, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

The deadline for submissions for the Essay Prize is 1st December of the year for which the prize is to be awarded. The rules of the competition are available as a pdf file. As you will see, it is a requirement to submit an entry with a completed cover sheet, which is also available, in Word doc format. Any queries can be directed to Executive Officer of the Society.

For more information go here.

2015 Foremother’s Prize for Graduate Students, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 1, 2015**

Funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of the Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazzo Karras, eds.), the grant provides $2,000 for a graduate student to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval feminist scholar whose guidance and association can assist her in developing and executing the project.

Such projects might include:

• Travel to a conference relevant to medieval feminist scholarship, for instance, the annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference in the U.K.
• Travel to visit archives, research libraries, museums, manuscript collections, or archeological or architectural sites
• Travel to conduct other forms of on-site research
• Development of a digital humanities project related to feminist research
• Organizing of a medieval feminist conference or colloquium
• Travel to allow sustained work with a mentor

SMFS is especially interested in assisting students whose projects are not otherwise funded. The winner must be willing to write a reflective report describing the outcome of the project that will appear on the SMFS public website.

Applicants should provide: a completed application form (to include existing funding sources and advisor signature), a 500-word description of the project including its scope and development, proposed timeline, and a potential budget.

The winner will be announced by February 15, 2015.  For more application info go here.

Katharine F Pantzer Jr Research Awards, Bibliographical Society

Due 9 January, 2015**

The Society has received a generous bequest from the estate of the distinguished bibliographer Katharine F. Pantzer Jr and has established two research awards in her memory:

  • a Fellowship of up to £4,000, awarded occasionally
  • and a Scholarship of up to £1,500, to be awarded annually.

Applicants’ research for either of the Pantzer awards must be within the field of the bibliographical or book-historical study of the printed book in the hand-press period, that is up to c.1830. Applicants should be established scholars in the field but may be university-based or independent researchers.

The Pantzer Fellowship is intended to assist with both immediate research needs, such as microfilms or travelling expenses, and longer-term support, for example prolonged visits to libraries and archives. Applicants may use a part of the Fellowship money to pay for teaching cover.

General Guidelines for Applicants and the application forms for the Katherine F. Pantzer Jr Awards can be downloaded from the page for Application Procedure. The Pantzer Scholarship may be applied for as one of the named Major Grants.

Schallek Awards, Medieval Academy of America
Due: 15 February

The Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included. The annual application deadline is 15 February.

Applicants to both programs must be members of the Medieval Academy. Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy and who seek support to research and write Ph.D. dissertations on topics related to medieval Britain before 1350 or on any other medieval topic should apply to the Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant program.

For more information, go here.

Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant

Due: 15 February

Medieval Academy dissertation grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included.

All graduate students whose primary research focuses on an aspect of medieval studies are eligible but if your topic deals with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350 – 1500), you should apply for a Schallek Award. Applicants must have received approval from their dissertation committee for their projects by the application date.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy as of 15 January of the year in which they apply.

For more information go here.

International Center of Medieval Art Graduate Student Essay Prize

Due: ca. 1 March 2015**

2014 information:  The International Center of Medieval Art wishes to announce its annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA. The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research. The work must be original and should not have been published elsewhere. The winner will receive a prize of $400.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we are now be able to offer a second prize as well, of $200. The donor of this prize has suggested that “special consideration be given to those papers that incorporate some discussion of the interconnections among medieval science, technology, and art.” Although the prize will by no means be restricted to papers that address this theme, papers that do so will be given special attention by the selection committee.

Applicants are requested to submit an article-length paper (maximum 30 pages, not including footnotes) following the editorial guidelines of our journal Gesta. Each submission must also include a 250-word abstract written in English regardless of the language of the rest of the paper.

SAIMS/ TMJ Prize, The St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies and The Mediaeval Journal

Due: 31 March 2015** 

The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS at

Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies. For additional information about submission go here.

In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

Any queries concerning these rules may be directed to the Director of SAIMS who can be contacted at:
Department of Mediaeval History, 71 South Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9QW

Print Networks-Peter Isaac Essay Prize 2015

Due: 27 March 2015**

In honour of our founder, the late Professor Peter Isaac, Print Networks announces the next round of its biennial essay prize for the best essay in the field of the History of the Book Trade in the Anglophone world.

The Rules
• The essay can be on any aspect of the History of the Book Trade in the Anglophone world during the incunabula or print eras. Papers drawing on research in primary sources and critical, methodological or theoretical essays are welcome.
• Any student registered for a postgraduate degree (master’s or doctoral) is eligible to enter the competition. Early career scholars within three years of completion of their PhD are also eligible, as are independent scholars without a formal affiliation.
• The text of the essay (exclusive of references and bibliography) must be between 6000 and 8000 words.
• The essay must be submitted in English.
• The essay must not have been published elsewhere.
• An electronic copy of the essay (in Word format) must be submitted as an email attachment to Dr Catherine Armstrong, convenor of Print Networks by 27 March 2015.

The Decision
• The essays submitted will be assessed by at least three members of Print Networks’ committee (all of whom are active researchers in the field).
• Submissions will be judged in terms of their originality, depth, scope and rigour and the extent to which they make a new contribution to historical understanding, as well as qualities of style and presentation.
• The Print Networks committee reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year.
• The prize will be announced in early July via email, on the Print Networks website and will be awarded publicly at the Print Networks workshop.
• The prize will be £150 plus free entry to the Print Networks workshop to be held at Chetham’s Library, Manchester on Friday 24 July 2015.

Early Music America Awards; 

Due: April 3, 2015**

A variety of awards for study and performance of early music.  For more information go here.

 The Review of English Studies 2015 Essay Prize.

Due: 30 June 2015

The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present.

The winner will receive:
· Publication of the winning essay in the June 2016 issue of The Review of English Studies
· A cash prize of £250
· £250 worth of OUP books
· A free year’s subscription to The Review of English Studies

*How to enter*
Visit for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules.

Entries should be submitted through our online submission system. Go to to access the system and submit your paper.

*Further details*
For more information visit the RES Essay Prize webpage at

You can read past winning essays for FREE at

 The Michael Camille Essay Prize

Due: ca. July 2016

The Michael Camille Essay Prize is a biennial essay contest co-sponsored by postmedieval, Palgrave Macmillan, and the BABEL Working Group.

Launched in 2012, the prize is awarded for the best short essay (4,000-6,000 words) on a variable theme that brings the medieval and the modern into productive critical relation. The competition is open to early career researchers: those currently in M.A./Ph.D. programs or within 5 years of having received the Ph.D. Essays in all disciplines are encouraged.

More information can be found here.