History of the Human Sciences, an international journal which provides a forum for work in the social sciences, humanities, human psychology and biology, is currently accepting applications for its’ early career prize. The point of this award is to recognize a researcher whose work best represents the journal’s aim to critically examine traditional assumptions and preoccupations about human beings, their societies and their histories in light of developments that cut across disciplinary boundaries.

The winning scholar will be awarded £250 and have their essay published in History of the Human Sciences. Entries should be made by 31st January 2020. More information about the application process and eligibility criteria can be found below.

Guidelines for the Award

Scholars who wish to be considered for the award are asked to submit an up-to-date CV (a maximum of two pages in length and including a statement that confirms eligibility for the award) and an essay that is a maximum of 12,000 words long (including footnotes and references). The essay should be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere, based on original research, written in English, and follow History of the Human Science’s style guide. Scholars are advised to read the journal’s description of its aims and scope, as well as its submission guidelines.

Essays will be judged by a panel drawn from the journal’s editorial team and board. They will identify the essay from the field of entries that best fits the journal’s aims and scope.


Scholars of any nationality who have either not yet been awarded a PhD or are no more than five years from its award are welcome to apply. The judging panel will use the definition of “active years”, with time away from academia for parental leave, health problems, or other relevant reasons not counting towards the definition of eligibility.


The winning scholar will be awarded £250 and have their essay published in History of the Human Sciences (subject to the essay passing through the journal’s peer review process). The intention is to award the prize to a single entrant but the judging panel may choose to recognize more than one essay in the event of a particularly strong field.


Entries should be made by 31st January 2020. The panel will aim to make a decision by 1st May 2020. The winning entry will be submitted for peer review automatically. The article, clearly identified as the winner of the History of the Human Sciences Early Career Prize, will then be published in the journal as soon as the production schedule allows. The winning scholar and article will also be promoted by History of the Human Sciences, including on its website, which hosts content separate to the journal.

To Apply

Entrants should e-mail an anonymized copy of their essay, along with an up-to-date CV, to hhs@histhum.com

Further Enquiries

If you have any questions about the prize, or anything relating to the journal, please email hhs@histhum.com