Friday, January 6, 2012

Roy Porter Prize

The prize of £500 is honour of the Roy Porter, the distinguished historian of medicine, and is open to all students.  The winning entry may be published in Social History of Medicine.  For a list of past winners, please click here:
The deadline is: 1 February 2012.


Rules and Entry Form

The Society for the Social History of Medicine invites submissions to its 2011 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition.

1.         Prize: One prize will be awarded for the best original, unpublished essay in the social history of medicine in this competition. The winner will be awarded £500.00. The winning entry may also be published in the journal, Social History of Medicine, subject to the usual editorial procedures, including double blind refereeing.
2.         Eligible Candidates:  Students: undergraduate or postgraduate, part-time or full-time.
·       All candidates must be members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine on the date of submission. A membership form is available on the SSHM’s website Alternatively, please contact the Membership Secretary of the SSHM. (The membership requirement may be waived for residents of developing countries as listed on the OUP website.  Please contact the Membership Secretary.)
·       The essay competition is only for students registered as of the deadline for submission of entries and for those students whose postgraduate degree (e.g. Masters, PhD, DPhil) ‘date of completion’ occurred in 2011.
·       Candidates who are uncertain as to whether they are eligible to enter the competition should contact the Secretary before preparing their entry.
3          Essays must be:
·       Unpublished and not submitted to any other competition at the same time
·       Written in English
·       Anonymous (Authors must identify themselves only on a detachable cover sheet)
·       5,000-8,000 words in length (including footnotes).
·       In conformity with the bibliographic conventions of Social History of Medicine, available at
NOTE: The same essay cannot be submitted more than once, and entries from previous years will not be accepted.
4          Assessment Panel: The panel chaired by the Chair of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, consists of the Society's Representative on the Editorial Board, one of the Editors of Social History of Medicine, and another member of the Executive Council of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, with the assistance of other members of the editorial board.
5          To enter:  Please send an electronic version of the essay and a short CV to the SSHM Membership Secretary, Dr Catherine Cox, as email attachments (email address: Please send a hard copy of the completed form (see below) via mail to Dr Catherine Cox, School of History and Archives, John Henry Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. The deadline for mailing entries is 1 February 2012.  All entries must be emailed on or before the deadline date.
Please Note: The announcement of prizewinners will be made at the SSHM AGM held during the Society’s Annual Conference.

NOTES     -       The Editors of Social History of Medicine reserve the right to consider any of the entries for publication, subject to normal refereeing procedures.
-   Members of the Executive Committee of the SSHM or the Editorial Board of Social History of Medicine may not enter either competition, even if otherwise eligible.
-   The prize will not be awarded if the Assessment Panel considers that none of the essays reaches an acceptable standard.
-   Membership Secretary: Dr Catherine Cox, School of History and Archives, John Henry Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

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