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Hakluyt Society Research Funding & Essay Prize


Hakluyt Society Essay Prize


The Hakluyt Society awards an annual essay prize (or more than one, if the judges so decide) of up to a total of £750. The competition is open to any registered graduate student at a higher education institution (a university or equivalent) or to anyone who has been awarded a graduate degree in the past three years. If possible, t
he prize will be presented at the Hakluyt Society’s Annual General Meeting in London in June.
Prizewinners will be invited to present a paper on the topic of their essay at a Hakluyt Society Symposium (in which case travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed)
and will also receive a one-year membership of the Society. Submissions for the 2018 prize are now being invited, the deadline for which will be November 2017.
For further details, and instructions on how to submit your essay, please download the information sheet.

This year's winner

The Society is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 essay prize is Annemarie McLaren of the Australian National University, Canberra, for her essay 'Neither 'Middle Ground' nor Native Ground': Reading the life of Goggey, an Aboriginal Man on the Fringes of Early Colonial Sydney'.

An Honourable Mention is awarded to Cameron B. Strang of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA, for his essay 'Coacoochee's Borderlands. A Native American Explorer in Nineteenth-Century North America'.




Research Funding Initiative from the Hakluyt Society

In furtherance of the principal objects of the Hakluyt Society, to promote the study of historical exploration, travel, and worldwide cultural encounter, the Society, in a new initiative, has established two schemes of research funding. These are:
  • The Hakluyt Society Research Grant, up to six of which will be available per calendar year, with a maximum allocation of £1500 each.
  • The Hakluyt Society Short-Term Fellowship, two of which will be available per calendar year. The Fellowship may be held for a maximum of four months, with a maximum allowance of £1650 per month. 
These funding opportunities are open to anyone whose research interests meet with and promote the objects of the Hakluyt Society. All applicants must be members of the Hakluyt Society, and applications must be received by 20th February of the relevant year. If you think you might be eligible for the award of a research grant or short-term fellowship, please download the Application Form, which gives further details.

The Society was delighted to be able to award all six research grants for the year 2017. The recipients are:

Richard Blakemore, University of Reading
Rosalind Carr, University of East London
Colin Heywood, University of Hull
Katrina Keefer, Trent University, Canada
Edmond Smith, University of Kent
Dr Laura Crombie, University of Leicester

The Society was pleased to award the following Fellowships:

Dr Gary Baker, University of East Anglia: 'Identifying the Merchants Ships and Seamen of the Principal Navigations, 1580-1600'
Dr Julia Leikin, University College London: ‘Elphinstone’s Mediterranean Impressions: A Rare First-hand Account of the Russian Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Russian-Ottoman War of 1768-1774’