Please note the revised closing date for nominations for the 2019-20 session prize is 17 January 2021 (previously 1 January).
The annual Boydell & Brewer Prize for the best doctoral thesis in maritime history was established by BCMH in 2010.
Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline.
Nominations may be submitted by the candidate, or by their supervisor. All doctorates must have been awarded by a UK university during the academic year preceding the prize (for example, to be eligible for submission in 2021, the PhD must have been awarded in the academic year 2019-20).
Judging is by a Prize Committee, whose decision is final. The prize winner receives a cheque for £200, which is normally presented by the representative of Boydell & Brewer at the annual ‘New Researchers in Maritime History’ conference. The prize winner also has the option of having their thesis considered for publication in a revised form by Boydell & Brewer.
Nominations should include in the first instance the following:
- The name of the prize candidate, the title of the thesis, the awarding university, and the date of the award;
- The Abstract of the thesis;
- A chapter from the thesis;
- A covering letter from the supervisor of no more than 500 words, stating why the thesis is so outstanding that it should be considered for a prize;
- Contact details for the prize candidate and their supervisor.
If the Prize Committee deems that the thesis merits serious consideration, a copy may be requested. Please note that we will be unable to return this.
Nominations and requests for further information should be sent electronically to the Hon Secretary.