Boydell & Brewer Doctoral Prize

The annual Boydell & Brewer Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in maritime history has been established by the British Commission for Maritime History

Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission's view of maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline.

Eligible candidates must be nominated by the dissertation supervisor. All doctorates must have been awarded by a UK university during the academic year preceding the prize. (For example, to be eligible for the 2013 prize, the PhD must have been awarded in the academic year 2012-13). 

The prize winner will receive a cheque for £200, which will be presented at the Annual New Researchers in Maritime History Conference.

The prize winner's thesis will be considered for publication in a revised form by Boydell & Brewer, with Boydell & Brewer allowed first right of refusal to publish.

Nominations should include in the first instance the following:

  • The name of the nominee, the title of the thesis and the awarding university
  • 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 of the supervisor.

If the Prize Committee deems that the dissertation merits serious consideration, a copy of the thesis may be requested. Please note that we will be unable to return this.

The closing date for nominations for the 2013 prize is 1 December 2013.

Nominations should be sent electronically to the Hon. Secretary of the British Commission for Maritime History.

Submission date for papers: 
01 Dec 2013