The British Society for the History of Science invites entries for the 2010 Singer Prize.

The Singer Prize, of up to £300, is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine. The Prize is intended for younger scholars or recent entrants into the profession. The Prize may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding essay, or may be awarded to two or more entrants. The Prize will usually be presented at the BSHS annual conference and the Society will contribute towards the winner’s travel expenses for attending the meeting. Publication in the British Journal for the History of Science will be at the discretion of the Editor. Essays under consideration elsewhere or in press are not eligible.

Previous Winner of the Singer Prize

2008: The 2008 BSHS Singer Prize was awarded to Ms Melissa Smith (CHSTM, University of Manchester) for her the essay entitled “Architects of Armageddon: Scientific advisers and civil defence in Britain, 1945-68”. The Prize was presented at the Society’s Annual Conference at the University of Leicester in July 2009 and a revised version of the essay has now been published in the British Journal for the History of Science (June 2010).

General Rules: Candidates must be registered for a postgraduate degree or have been awarded such in the two years prior to the closing date. Entry is not limited to British nationals.

Essays must not exceed 8,000 words (including footnotes following the style guidelines in the British Journal for the History of Science), must be fully documented, typewritten with double-line spacing, and submitted in English. Use of published and unpublished primary material is strongly encouraged, and full and correct use of scholarly apparatus (eg footnotes) is expected.

Entries: 1 paper copy of the essay should be posted to arrive not later than 15 December 2010. Essays must not bear any reference to the author, either by name or department; candidates should send a covering letter with documentation of their status and details of any publications. A further copy of your essay, again without any reference to the author, should be sent as a pdf by email to office

[at] bshs [dot] org [dot] uk before 15 December 2010.

Entries should be sent to:

Ms Lucy Tetlow, BSHS Executive Secretary, PO Box 3401, Norwich, NR7 7JF.

Enquiries by email to secretary [at] bshs [dot] org [dot] uk