Essay Prizes

The Committee of the Society awards two postgraduate essay prizes, which run in alternating years: the ESHSS prize and the Checkland Essay Prize.

ESHSS Prize

The ESHSS prize is an annual postgraduate Prize for a Research Essay on a Scottish theme in the general area of economic, social and cultural history. The winner’s or winners’ essay(s) will be automatically considered for publication in the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. The rules for entry are:

  1. The essay must be on a Scottish historical theme in economic, social and cultural history (including diaspora or international trade studies). Entries in historical geography, historical anthropology and cognate areas will be welcomed. The next deadline is 31 December 2017.
  2. The competition will be open to Postgraduate Students enrolled for masters or doctoral study anywhere in the world. High calibre submissions from Honours students who plan to progress to postgraduate study will also be considered. Members of the ESHSS committee are excluded.
  3. The essay must be of 5-10,000 words, including footnotes and any appendices, and must not exceed these limits. It must conform otherwise to the guidelines for the submission of research articles to the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. It must not have been published or offered for publication elsewhere, including to online journals. It must be original research work which may have been conducted for undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or be an independent piece of research.
  4. The essays will be judged by a panel consisting of Editors of the Journal, plus a member of the Society’s Council, aided by anonymous referees appointed by them. Their decision will be final. They reserve the right not to award a Prize. Each entrant will receive feedback from the panel.
  5. The prize is £250. In addition, the Editors will consider the winning essay for publication, with or without amendments. The Editors will also consider non-winning essays for publication.
  6. Each submitted essay must be accompanied by the name and affiliation of the entrant, the entrant’s registration/ matriculation number and degree registered for, the name of the university/college, full postal address and email address.

Checkland Essay Prize

Administered by the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland (ESHSS), the Checkland Essay Prize is awarded every two years for a research essay in Scottish history, with a focus on some aspect of economic and social history.  The Prize commemorates the life and work of Sydney Checkland, professor of Economic History at Glasgow University between 1957 and 1982.  Professor Checkland’s writing ranged from urban history and banking history to biography, and essays exploring any aspect of business history are particularly welcomed.  The prize is £250, and the winning essay will be automatically considered for publication in the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

The prize is open to all current postgraduates, and to any individuals who are within a year of completing a PhD.  Essays should be 8-10,000 words in length, including footnotes, and should be submitted by 31 December 2018.

The rules for entry are as follows:

  1. The essay must be on a historical theme in economic or social history. Entries with a business history aspect are particularly encouraged.
  1. The competition will be open to Postgraduate Students enrolled for masters or doctoral study anywhere in the world. Members of the ESHSS committee are excluded.
  1. The essay must be of 8-10,000 words in length, including footnotes and any appendices, and must not exceed these limits. It must conform otherwise to the guidelines for the submission of research articles to the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. It must not have been published or offered for publication elsewhere, including to online journals. It must be original research work which may have been conducted for undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or be an independent piece of research.
  1. The essays will be judged by a panel consisting of Editors of the Journal, plus a member of the Society’s Council, aided by anonymous referees appointed by them. Their decision will be final. They reserve the right not to award a Prize. Each entrant will receive feedback from the panel.
  1. The prize is £250. In addition, the Editors will consider the winning essay for publication, with or without amendments. The Editors may also consider non-winning essays for publication.
  1. Each submitted essay must be accompanied by the name and affiliation of the entrant, the entrant’s registration/matriculation number and degree registered for, the name of the university/college, full postal address and email address.

Enquiries for both prizes are welcomed. Please send questions and submissions to development@eshss.co.uk.