Studentships and Essay Prizes

Lancaster's Department of History offers a number of prizes and studentships at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level throughout the year. These include an undergraduate essay prize, The Merriman Prize (on the topic of International and/or Military History).

Merriman Essay Prize

The Merriman Prize (named in honour of Lancaster’s Dr Marcus Merriman) is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay 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, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate is awarded a prize of £250.

Essays, of 2,500 to 3,000 words (including footnotes), are now invited. The deadline is 15 June 2022.

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

For details of previous winners, please see 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 2021 - Philippa Lazarus (Ancient and Medieval), Emily Brooks (Early Modern), Joseph Lee (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 2021 - Eleanor Charlotte Hughes, Holly Rebecca Jones

Queen's Scholarships

Regulations for the Queen's 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 2021 - Matthew Staton (Part I), Laura Kate Nutter (Part II), Thomas Roberts (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 2021 - Natasha Jane Robinson

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Digital Humanities Essay Prize

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 the Digital Humanities Hub at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250, and the offer of the Lancaster Digital Humanities Masterclass: the opportunity to spend a week training with Lancaster’s leading digital humanities scholars.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mapping and special technologies
  • Data visualisation and design
  • Blogging and web technologies
  • Text analysis
  • Coding for humanities research
  • Digitisation projects
  • Image processing
  • Humanities gaming
  • Debates in digital literacy or digital humanities

For details of Lancaster’s MA Digital Humanities, see lancaster.ac.uk/history/masters

The 2019 prize was wone by Naja Algreen Suhr from the University of Copenhagen for an essay on “The elderly of Copenhagen in 1885.” Two other applicants, Kanish Garg (Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) and Lena Zlock (Stanford University) were noted as highly commended.

Previous Scholarship and Essay Prize Winners

Previous Scholarship and Essay Prize winners are detailed below:

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