The Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.
In 2006 the Society instituted three undergraduate prizes each year as part of its efforts to promote French history in universities. The prizes - one first prize of £300 and two supplementary prizes of £100 each - are awarded for the best final year undergraduate dissertation or extended research essay produced in a UK university in each academic year, concerning any aspect of French history, or any aspect of contemporary French Studies with a substantial historical dimension.
Work eligible for these prizes would normally be expected to exceed 7,000 words in length, though consideration will be given to pieces falling just short of this size. In 2006, the first year of the competition, there were 13 entries from 8 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The winning dissertation is guaranteed publication on the Society's website, and might in addition be considered for publication in modified form in the Society's journal, French History (published by Oxford University Press). Those awarded one of the runner-up prizes would be considered for (though not guaranteed) publication on the website only.
Nominations for these prizes should be made ONLY by a recognised university or college of higher education, through the relevant Head of Department or Chair of Examiners covering this work. The dissertation should have been awarded first class marks. Each HEI may nominate up to three students. Students should NOT nominate themselves.
Nominations for these prizes should be forwarded, preferably in electronic form, by Monday 29th July 2013, to Dr. Sandy Wilkinson:
by email: Sandy.Wilkinson@ucd.ie or at:
Dr. Sandy Wilkinson
School of History & Archives
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Dissertation Prize Committee:
Dr David Hopkin, Hertford College
Prof Robin Briggs, Oxford
Dr Kevin Gould, Nottingham Trent University
Decisions will be communicated to the winning candidates and their Higher Education Institution by early October each year.
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