The Annual Pollard Prize

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 prize is supported by Oxford University Press.

About the annual Pollard Prize (supported by Oxford University Press)

Area of research: 
Any historical (post 500 AD)

First prize
Fast track publication in the IHR journal, Historical Research, and £500 of OUP books.

Runner-up prizes
Publication in Historical Research, and £200 of OUP books. A variable number of runner up prizes will be awarded, depending on the quality of applications in any given year.

Enquiries and submissions should be directed to the Managing Editor, Historical Research. Email Sara Charles.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements: 
Applicants are required to have delivered a paper at an IHR seminar during the academic year in which the award is made. 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.

Eligibility guidelines

Pollard Prize submission guidelines PDF 126.48 KB

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Applications open: 10 September 2020- 28 May 2021

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Past winners of the Pollard Prize, 1999-2020

Started in 1999, the IHR's Pollard Prize has been awarded annually to leading early career historians, many of whom have gone on to academic careers.

Past Pollard Prize winners_1999-2019 PDF 206.41 KB