A 2018 survey, undertaken by HOTCUS, BrANCH and BAAS (supported by BAAS and the Royal Historical Society), highlighted a number of obstacles facing scholars and students who identify as BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic). As an organisation, HOTCUS is committed to tackling these roadblocks to BAME participation in higher education, including the barrier between undergraduate and postgraduate study.  HOTCUS is also keen to highlight BAME scholars’ historiographical contributions.

HOTCUS is very happy to announce the launch of the first HOTCUS Postgraduate essay Prize which is open to BAME Students, who are currently studying at the postgraduate level (Master’s or PhD). The essay must not have been previously published or submitted for publication consideration in any form. In line with HOTCUS’ remit, the essay submitted should cover an area of twentieth century American History. Applications for the prizepplications for the prize should be submitted by the 15th April 2024. The value of the prize will be £100. The essay should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words, to include include references (footnotes or endnotes) but excluding the bibliography.

The essays should be sent, as PDF or a Word document to [email protected]. The author’s name should not appear on the essay itself, as all essays will be judged anonymously by the HOTCUS Steering Committee. A confirmation letter of enrolment should also be included from a member of staff at the applicant’s home university. The essay should be a self-contained piece, which would be suitable for publication in a journal. Attention should also be given to the presentation and referencing of the document.

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the competition by June 2024, with the winner to be announced at the HOTCUS Annual Conference.Your essay will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clear and concise argument.
  • A close reading of primary/secondary texts.
  • Engagement and critical analysis of secondary texts or the field of scholarship.
  • Demonstration of an aspect of originality.
  • Compelling engagement with the historiography.