The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

PG and UG Dissertation Prize

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology offers two annual prizes for dissertations, one for undergraduate and one for postgraduate dissertations, on the subject of the post-medieval archaeology of Britain, Europe and the wider world, from c.1500 to the present day. The aim of the prizes is to encourage new research in the field of post-medieval archaeology.


The deadline for the 2022 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize is 1st September 2022. Dissertations submitted for an undergraduate degree awarded in the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible for nomination. The prize is £250, free membership of the Society for one year, and a conference bursary for the year of the award. The Society expects the nominations of UG dissertations defended in British and Irish Universities.


The deadline for the 2021 Postgraduate Dissertation Prize will be 15 December 2021. Dissertations submitted for a TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE* degree awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible for nomination. The prize is £250, free membership of the Society for one year, and a conference bursary for the year of the award. The prize judges will also consider whether a paper based on the dissertation would be appropriate for publication in the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology, subject to the approval of the editors. Dissertations defended in any European** university can be submitted if they are written in English.


We invite University and College departments to nominate one dissertation each for each of the Dissertation Prizes. Submissions from individual students are not accepted. For further information, please contact the prize co-ordinators.


To nominate dissertations in either category, through either postal or electronic format, please contact the prize co-ordinators via prizes@spma.org.uk. Nomination forms will be emailed to enquirers and arrangements made for submission.


* Taught Postgraduate degrees are those equivalent to a standard English taught MA/MSc (generally year-long courses where the dissertation is one part of a larger taught component, i.e. excluding MRes degrees); this would include Scottish MPhil degrees. In Continental Europe, the equivalent is MA/MSc of various length of studying (1–2 years). Please contact the prize-coordinator if there are any doubts regarding eligibility.
** Defined here as any member state of the Council of Europe.