Student Prize

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June 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, British History / Studies, Geography, World History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

Society for the History of Discoveries:  STUDENT ESSAY PRIZE


Areas of eligible research include:  voyages of exploration, travel narratives, biography relevant to the history of discoveries and exploration, history, cartography, the technologies of travel, impact of travel and cultural exchange, and other aspects of geographic discovery and exploration.

Who is Eligible:  Students from any part of the globe currently enrolled in a college or university degree program and who will not have received a doctoral degree prior to June 1 of the submission year. Note:  Graduating high school or college students accepted into a program but who do not begin classes until fall of the submission year are NOT eligible.

The Research Paper:  An eligible research paper shall be original and unpublished, written in English, between 3,000 and 8,000 words, plus footnotes or endnotes.  Papers written for college or university class assignments are encouraged, but students may write specifically for this prize.  A reasonable amount of illustrative and tabular material will be welcome, but is not required. 

The winner of both the graduate and undergraduate categories will receive a cash prize and will be invited to present a version of the paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries.  Additionally, the awardee will be invited to submit the winning paper to the society’s peer reviewed journal, Terrae Incognitae, for which it will undergo the usual review process prior to formal acceptance for publication, of which there is no guarantee.

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Submission Deadline:  June 1
Electronic submissions only to:
Dr. Anne Good, committee chair
Subject line:  SHD Student Prize

Questions?  Contact Dr. Good, committee chair