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 The previously unpublished essay of up to 8,000 words should be based on original research and it may relate to any aspect of the history of science, technology and medicine in any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 2014 winner was Emily Winterburn for her essay entitled Philomaths, Herschel, and the myth of the self-taught man.

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


Deadline for submission of an essay is 31st January 2016.

Terms and conditions

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

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

The essay must be submitted electronically to [email protected]

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

Entries will be subject to the normal standards of refereeing and editorial review.

There will be a single prize-winner and no runners-up. However, authors other than the winner may be invited to publish their work in Notes and Records, if the judges of the essay award and the editorial board consider such work to be of sufficient quality.

If no essay is deemed of a suitable standard, no award will be made. The judges’ decision will be final.