Notes and Records reports on current research and archival activities throughout the field of history of science, technology and medicine. The Essay Award is open to researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The previously unpublished essay of up to 8,000 words should be based on original research and it may relate to any aspect of the history of science, technology and medicine in any period.

The winning entry is chosen using the journal’s standard criteria for selection (i.e. excellence and interest to a wide audience) and will be published in the journal.

The award consists of:

  • A cash prize of £500
  • Publication of the winning entry in Notes and Records
  • A year’s subscription to Notes and Records

The deadline for submission of an essay is 28th February 2019 at 23.59 GMT. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.

How to enter:

The essay should be no more than 8000 words in length, including references, and should reflect the style guidelines of thejournal.

The submission must be accompanied by a covering message confirming the postgraduate degree title and where and when it was awarded.  The essay should be submitted electronically to

[email protected]


The award is open to all researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years, except employees of the Royal Society, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the award.

In entering the award, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Royal Society may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the award.

The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. It must be written in English.

Only one entry per person is permitted.

The Royal Society reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the award.

Full terms and conditions are here:

Please do consider applying.

Kind regards,

Anna Marie

Professor Anna Marie Roos

Editor, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science