Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Application deadline: *NEW DATE* 19th July 2024

The Prehistoric Society invites annual submissions for the 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. This prestigious prize represents an excellent opportunity for outstanding young scholars to have their work publicly recognised.


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).

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.  


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 the Administrator admin@prehistoricsociety.org by 19th July [PLEASE NOTE NEW SUBMISSION DATE]. 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 must be accompanied by the email address, postal address and contact phone number both for the candidates and for their supervisor(s).

The Prize

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 to be held at Burlington House in Piccadilly in October 2024.