The prize is awarded annually to the best original, unpublished essay in the history of natural history. The prize has been instituted by the Society for the History of Natural History in honour of the late William T. Stearn, a scholar whose work contributed much to the field and to the Society. Entries will be considered by a panel of three judges appointed by the Council of the Society. For 2007 the judges are Dr Anne Secord (chair), Dr Emma Spary and Professor Lynn Nyhart.

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in full- or part-time education.

The winner will receive £300 and the winning essay will normally be published in the Society’s journal, Archives of Natural History.

The deadline for applications for the 2007 Prize is 29 June 2007.

The Prize Rules and Entry Form are available for download from the Society’s website,