W. G. Neely Prize (2016)

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is pleased to announce that our postgraduate essay prize is open for 2016! The winner of the W. G. Neely Prize will receive €150. His/her essay will, moreover, be considered for publication by Ireland’s premier academic journal, Irish Historical Studies. The candidate with the best essay will also be expected to present his/her paper at the Society’s conference in Armagh 2017.

The W. G. Neely Prize, named in honour of the Society’s founder, provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to promote their work that considers aspects of the Church of Ireland. The prize is open to any postgraduate pursuing a major research thesis in Ireland or abroad. Candidates interested in submitting an essay may write on any topic of their choosing relating to the history of the Church of Ireland.

The paper should be no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes). Please email it to the secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, at secretary.coihs@gmail.com. Essays will be judged anonymously. The deadline for submission is Friday, 26th August 2016.

All enquiries should be directed to the secretary.

Terms and conditions:

Candidates for this prize must be pursuing full-time research at MLitt or PhD levels.

Essays can stem from research out of the candidate’s thesis but he/she cannot submit an exact replica of a draft chapter from his/her thesis.

Footnotes should take the format outlined by Irish Historical Studies. You can find the details here: IHS Rules for Contributors

Essays are to be submitted in a word document to the Society’s secretary with ‘W.G. Neely Prize‘ in the email title heading.

Candidates are required to state their name, university affiliation and supervisor when submitting their essay.

Essays will not accepted after the stated deadline.

Candidates do not have to join the Society (but are welcome to avail of the membership package at our student discount rate).

The Society reserves the right not to award a prize if the entries fail to meet the required standard.

Candidates will be informed of the result by the secretary.

The winner must acknowledge the Church of Ireland Historical Society and the W.G. Neely Prize upon completion of his/her thesis AND in his/her article should Irish Historical Studies accept the work for publication.