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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 £1,000. 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 2019 prize are now being assessed, and the winner(s) will be announced in a few months time.
Submissions for the 2020 prize are now invited, the deadline for which will be 30 November 2019. For further details, and instructions on how to submit your essay, please download the information sheet.

Last year's winners

The joint winners of the 2018 essay prize were:

Darren Smith of the University of Sydney, for his essay, 'Ex Typographia Savariana: Franco-Ottoman Relations and the First Oriental Printing Press in Paris'
Whitney Robles of Harvard University, for her essay, '"A Different Species of Resistance": When Corals Became Animals and Animals had History'.

Our thanks to all the participants and warmest congratulations to the winners.

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 31 January 2019. 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 four research grants for the year 2018. The recipients are:

Professor Patricia Akhimie, 'Leaving Home: Early Modern Women’s Travel'.
Dr Matthew Coneys, 'Two Accounts of the Shipwreck of the Querina (1431): A Critical Edition and English Translation.'
Dr Giada Pizzoni, 'There is no God nor Devil, no Heaven nor Hell.'
Dr Katherine Roscoe, 'Convicts, Colonialism and Cosmopolitanism in British Port Cities.'

Information on the content of these projects will appear in due course on the Hakluyt Society Blog (https://hakluytsociety.wordpress.com/).