Competition for 2019 has now closed; winners will be announced.

The Pollard Prize is awarded annually for the best paper presented at an Institute of Historical Research seminar by a postgraduate student or by a researcher within one year of completing the PhD.

The first prize is fast track publication in the prestigious IHR journal, Historical Research, and £200 of Wiley books. Runner up prizes are publication in Historical Research, and a selection of Wiley books. A variable number of runner up prizes will be awarded, depending on the quality of applications in any given year.

The prize has attracted large numbers of papers over the  years and the competition has been strong. Several excellent non-winning entries have also been invited for submission to Historical Research. The prize, therefore, is a real opportunity for early career historians.

Last year’s winners (both due to be published in the May issue of Historical Research) were:

Winner: Anna Maguire, ‘You wouldn’t want your daughter marrying one’: parental intervention into mixed race relationships in post-war Britain [Life-Cycles Seminar]

Runner up: Anaïs Waag, Gender and the language of politics in thirteenth-century royal letters [European History 1150-1550 seminar]

 Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants are required to have delivered a paper at an IHR seminar during the academic year in which the award is made.
  • Area of research: any historical period (post 500 AD).
  • Submissions should be supported by a reference from a convenor of the appropriate seminar.
  • Papers should be fully referenced and should follow our submission style guide.
  • All papers submitted must be eligible for publication.
  • Papers scheduled to be given after the deadline but in the same academic year can be submitted in advance with the support of a convenor.

Application enquiries and submissions should be directed to Dr Julie Spraggon, the Executive Editor of Historical Research at