The prize is designed to encourage and reward graduate student research and writing of the highest scholarly quality.

Papers should be no more than 10,000 words in length and may treat any aspect of pre-modern (Classical, Late Antique, Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment) European culture, including interactions between Europe and the rest of the world.

The evaluation committee looks for clear, cogent, well-organized writing with a clearly framed and expressed thesis that is supported by careful, contextualized reading and interpretation of primary source materials (texts, manuscripts, artifacts, etc.) Papers must be original and offer new insights and/or conclusions. Papers must be prefaced with an abstract accessible to an interdisciplinary audience of premodernists.

Include in your submission:

  • The seminar paper in electronic format
  • Your name, department, and year in PhD program
  • Name of the seminar in which the paper was written
  • Date of the seminar paper (eligible papers must have been written in the previous academic year)
  • Name of your faculty adviser

Only one paper may be submitted by eligible PhD students in a single academic year.

Send all submissions to Megan Zeller, Singleton Center administrator, at [email protected].

Each prize winner will receive a $500 award. Prize winners are permitted (and encouraged) to publish their papers elsewhere.