Student and Research Prizes

Are you a student working on maritime history? Apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate prizes.

New Researchers Conference

Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

Masters Prizes

2021 Prize winner announced!


The Masters Dissertation Prize is an annual prize of £100 awarded for an outstanding dissertation on maritime history. Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline.

The dissertation must have been assessed as part of a Masters degree and awarded during the previous *academic year (2021-22). *If you consider that you are eligible for the award in this year but have had your graduation delayed in the current circumstances, you can send confirmation that you have officially completed the MA. This should be in writing from the appropriate faculty or graduate school/enterprise saying that you have passed.

Dissertations awarded distinction marks of 70+ are eligible for consideration. Institutions may only submit one dissertation to the competition.  

Nominations must be made by Heads of Department or equivalent. 

The revised closing date for nominations for the 2021 session prize was 14 March 2022. We will announce the closing date for nominations for the 2022 session prize soon.

To make a nomination please complete the Masters Prize Form and upload supporting documents here.


MA Dissertation Prize winner, 2020-21

Corey Watson's Tales from the ‘Desolating Coast’: An exploration of the Narratives of the Naval Surgeon Peter Leonard on the Anti-Slavery Squadron, 1821-1832 (University of Plymouth).

Cory's dissertation uses the narratives of the naval surgeon, Peter Leonard, to uncover and understand attitudes towards sailors, empire, race, slavery and naval squadron life in the context of a West Africa. He uses  up-to-date scholarship to consider the role of African mariners in the life of the squadron, and the impact on Europeans of encounters on land. The study situates Leonard’s writing within  contemporary British attitudes to race, patriotism and abolitionism. 

Find out about previous prize winners here

For further information, please contact the Hon Secretary