The Prehistoric Society

Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The Prehistoric Society invites submissions for the 2020 undergraduate dissertation prize. The award celebrates the dissertation that has made the greatest contribution to the study of prehistory in any part of the world. The Prize is open to students from any University in Britain and Ireland, nominated and submitted by their host department (please note: only one nomination is permitted per university).

Each Department is thus invited to submit one dissertation by a candidate who completes her or his degree during the 2019/20 academic year. The judges will assess entries on the basis of the quality of work, the originality of the approach and the degree to which the research advances our understanding of prehistory. 

The winner will receive three years’ free membership of the Society, the choice of one of the Society’s in-print monographs and £100. Three runners-up will be awarded a current copy of the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. An abridged version of the successful dissertation will be considered for publication in the Proceedings. The Prize will be presented prior to the Sara Champion lecture (which may be held virtually this year): date and details to be announced shortly.

This prestigious prize represents an excellent opportunity for outstanding young scholars to have their work publicly recognised. Entries for the current academic year are to be sent as PDF documents by the host Department to Dr Melanie Giles at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address): due to the exceptional circumstances of this year’s disruption on university exam boards, entries will be accepted up to 1st August 2020. However, entries can only be accepted if accompanied by the email address, postal address and contact phone number both for the candidates and for their supervisor(s).