Sport in History and the BSSH are both 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.
Sport in History organises an annual essay prize, which is awarded to the author of an outstanding undergraduate dissertation.
The winning dissertation will ordinarily have been awarded first class honours by the student’s university. It is selected by a panel of judges on the quality of the research, clarity of argument and expression, and originality.
The author is awarded £200 and free membership of the BSSH for one year, 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. Details for chairs to submit dissertations for the prize on behalf of their student/s will be published later in 2022 in line with the academic year.
Style: Different universities will have different requirements for undergraduate dissertations. We do not require a particular referencing convention or presentation style, but would expect each submission to be internally consistent.
Please note, Sport in History reserves the right not to award the prize if it does not receive submissions deemed to be of high enough quality.