SSHM Undergraduate Essay Prize: Call for Submissions

The Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) invites submissions to its 2016 SSHM Undergraduate Prize Competition.

Up to six prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished original research essays in the social history of medicine. We will consider two groups of undergraduate students, (1) humanities and social science students, and (2) medical, healthcare and allied science students. Up to THREE prizes will be awarded to each group. The winners will be awarded £100.00 each. The winning entries may also be published on the Society’s website,

Eligible candidates are undergraduate students, part-time or full-time, in the humanities and social sciences, or medicine, healthcare and allied sciences. All candidates must be SSHM members or submit an application to join the Society for the Social History of Medicine by the date of submission. The membership requirement may be waived for residents of developing countries, as listed on the OUP website.

The essay competition is open to those registered as undergraduate students as of the deadline for submission of entries and for those students who have been awarded their undergraduate degree in 2016.

Deadline: 1 October 2016

Essays must be unpublished, written in English, 3,000-5,000 words in length (including footnotes), and in conformity with the basic bibliographic conventions of our journal, Social History of Medicine.

If you are interested, please consult the competition rules on the SSHM website, where you can also find a submission form:

Candidates who are uncertain as to whether they are eligible to enter the competition may want to contact the Membership Secretary: Dr Catherine Cox, School of History and Archives, John Henry Newman Building, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Email: