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Studentships and Essay Prizes

We award a number of prizes and studentships at undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral levels throughout the year. These include prizes for academic performance as well as special essay prizes, such as The Merriman Essay Prize and the Lancaster Prize in Digital Humanities.

The Merriman Essay Prize

The Merriman Essay Prize (named in honour of Dr Marcus Merriman) is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay (2,500–3,000 words) on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day.

Offered by the Department of History in partnership with the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University, the prize is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate is awarded a prize of £250.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • The rise and fall of great powers
  • The treatment of non-combatants
  • Diplomacy and peace-making
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Battles and operations
  • Wars of propaganda
  • Weaponry
  • Intelligence

Essays of 2,500 to 3,000 words (including footnotes) should be submitted to Dr Oliver Wilkinson, o.wilkinson6@lancaster.ac.uk, by 16 June 2023, together with a brief covering letter, which must include the name of your university and title of your degree, signed by a member of your faculty confirming that you are a current undergraduate.

For details of previous winners, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Undergraduate Essay Prizes

Lewis Hughes Prize

The Lewis Hughes Prize was created in memory of Lewis Hughes, a former student in the Department of History, who sadly died in 2021; it has the full support of Lewis's parents. The prize is awarded for the best performance in a Special Subject - Ancient and Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

WINNERS 2022: Adam Stanney (Ancient and Medieval), Robin Griffith (Early Modern), Laura Smith (Modern).

Andrew Pearson Prize

The Andrew Pearson Prize was set up in memory of Andrew Pearson, a student of History (1985-88) who was tragically killed in an accident when on holiday in New Zealand. The award is for the single major History student who, in the opinion of the Part II board of examiners, has written the best HIST300 dissertation.

WINNERS 2022: Eleanor Dawson, Phoebe Kendrew, and Lydia Thompson.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarships

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarships are available in the Department of History. Awards are made by the Senate on the recommendations of the Head of Department to the undergraduate who has done best in Part I and intends reading History as a major or combined major course (scholarship first awarded in 1966) and to the undergraduate reading history as a major or combined major course who has done best in second-year studies.

WINNERS 2022: Rowan Higgins (Part I) and Asher Kreit (Part II).

A. H. Woolrych Prize

The prize, instituted as a result of the commemorative appeal made on the retirement of the late Professor A H Woolrych, the founding professor of the Department of History, is an annual book prize awarded to the undergraduate who during the academic year presents the best essay in a Part II History course. The prize was first awarded in 1987.

WINNERS 2022: Eleanor Dawson

History Student with certificates for two prizes she has won
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Lancaster Prize in Digital Humanities

The Lancaster Prize in Digital Humanities is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in a humanities discipline—such as history, archaeology, literature, theology, religious studies, anthropology and philosophy—that uses or critiques digital technology.

Offered by Lancaster University's Centre for Digital Humanities, the prize is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital archives and other online resources
  • Digital methods, their possibilities and limitations
  • Websites as resources for public history
  • Debates in digital literacy or digital humanities

Essays of 2,500 to 3,000 words (including footnotes), should be submitted to Dr Oliver Wilkinson, o.wilkinson6@lancaster.ac.uk, by 16 June 2023, together with a brief covering letter, which must include the name of your university and title of your degree, signed by a member of your faculty confirming that you are a current undergraduate.

Previous Scholarship and Essay Prize Winners

Previous Scholarship and Essay Prize winners are detailed below:

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