The Prehistoric Society

Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2021

The Prehistoric Society invites submissions for the 2021 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.

Each Department is invited to submit one dissertation by a candidate who completes her or his degree during the 2020-2021 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 final decision is at the discretion of the Society.

The winner will receive three years’ free membership of the Society, the choice of one of the Society’s in-print monographs and £100. An abridged version of the successful dissertation will be considered for publication in the Proceedings. Three runners-up will be awarded a year’s free membership and will be invited to the award ceremony, where they will be presented with a certificate. Highly commended entries will also receive a year’s free membership. The Prize will be presented prior to the Sara Champion lecture (exact date and venue to be announced) in October 2021.

This prestigious award represents an excellent opportunity for outstanding young scholars to have their work publicly recognised, in the magnificent setting of the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House in Piccadilly (subject to national guidance in autumn 2021). Entries for the current academic year are to be sent as a single PDF document by the nominated staff representative of the host department to Dr Melanie Giles at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)by Friday 6th August – this is an extended deadline from that advertised in PAST to accommodate any late exam board results due to the impact of the pandemic. (Please note: we will not accept entries directly from the student). It is advised that the file name comprise the student’s name and institution. Entries can only be accepted if accompanied by the email address, postal address and contact phone number both for the candidates and for their supervisors.