The Annual Pollard Prize (sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.)

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.
Area of research: 
Any historical (post 500 AD)
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.

First prize

Fast track publication in the prestigious IHR journal, Historical Research, and £200 of Blackwell books.

Runner up prizes

Publication in Historical Research, and a selection of Blackwell 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 executive editor, Historical Research (

Applications open: 
1 Sep 2017 to 24 May 2018