Cambridge Undergraduate History Dissertation Prizes

The Division is pleased to announce a competition for the best proposal for an undergraduate dissertation. The winner will receive a prize of £300 which is to be spent on supporting research for their dissertation. This could involve travel costs, equipment costs, or the purchase of relevant books.

The deadline for this will be Monday 21 May 2018

Please note the following:

  • The sole criteria for assessment will be the intellectual merit of the proposal, and the project’s relevance to the Department’s research strategy. No preference will be shown on the basis of the project’s overall cost, whether the research proposed is ‘library’ or ‘field’ based, or the entrant’s academic CV.
  • We recognise that research questions evolve over the course of the research process. Nevertheless, the winner will be expected to write a report and provide evidence (receipts/boarding passes/ticket stubs) to prove that they have made a serious effort to undertake the research proposed, even if additional or alternative intellectual concerns are reflected in the final dissertation submitted for examination. If such evidence is not provided, the winner will be asked to return the grant to the Department of Social Anthropology.

How to Apply

Entrants should submit a composition of no more than two sides of A4 detailing and justifying the research questions they intend to pursue in their dissertation research.

Proposals should be emailed to by 4pm on Monday 21 May 2018.

Late entries will not be eligible for the prize. Please DO NOT include your name in the proposal document, but include your name and college in the title of the document thus: SURNAME_COLLEGE_WyseProposal.doc.

Previous Winners

2014Catarina Taravela MendesTrinity College
2015Lily RiceGirton College
2016Martin FreimüllerTrinity College
2017Ida SvenoniusLucy Cavendish College

Guidance sessions for Second year students considering whether to do a dissertation in Part II:

Doing a Dissertation: Getting started on research

Friday 26 January 2018 2-3pm, LG18, Law Facultywith Dr Andrew Arsan

Dissertation Drop-In for Undergraduates

Friday 26 January 2018 3-4.30pm, Room 6, Faculty of History

Lecturers, potential supervisors, current students, and special collections staff will be on-hand to answer all your questions. Come for as little or as long as you like. All undergraduates welcome. 

Doing a Dissertation II: Online research resources

Friday 9 March 2018 2-3pm, LG18, Law Faculty with Dr Linda Washington (Seeley Librarian)
A further session introducing dissertation work, with an accent on research skills, and finding sources, including web resources.

You can find more guidance about dissertation research on the Seeley Library's dissertations page.

Essential reading for students undertaking a dissertation:

  • History Faculty Style Guide - guidance on the compulsory form and style of dissertations submitted for examination (including word count, presentation, footnotes and bibliography).
  • Oral History Guidelines - for those conducting interviews as part of their research - including Approval Form and Participant's Consent Form. 

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