British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

Sport in History Undergraduate Essay Prize

publication date: May 12, 2019
author/source: Lisa Taylor

This year, Sport in History is launching an essay prize to recognise excellent work in the discipline by undergraduate students.


Both Sport in History and the BSSH are committed to encouraging and supporting the next generation of researchers in sport history. This initiative aims to reward and to stimulate excellent undergraduate research in the discipline, and to introduce undergraduate researchers to the network of sport historians in Britain.


The prize will be awarded to the author of an outstanding undergraduate dissertation. These will ordinarily have been awarded first class honours by the student’s university, although particularly strong upper-second class submissions will be considered.


The winning essay will be selected by a panel of judges on the quality of the research, clarity of argument and expression, and originality. The author will be awarded £200, and invited to publish the paper on the BSSH website.




Submission: Chairs of Examination Boards must recommend the essays for the prize. Sport in History is unable to accept submissions directly from students. Chairs should submit outstanding dissertations for the prize on behalf of their student/s over email to lisa.j.taylor [@] by Monday 16 September 2019.


Style: Different universities will have different requirements for undergraduate dissertations. We will therefore not require particular referencing conventions or presentation styles, but would expect each submission to be internally consistent throughout.


Sport in History reserves the right not to award the prize if it does not receive submissions deemed to be of high enough quality.