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2017 John Scholes Prize call for nominations

The John Scholes Prize Competition for 2017 is open, with a deadline for submissions of 31 July 2017.

2017 John Scholes Prize call for nominations

The prize, which carries kudos and a cash recognition (275 Euros), is awarded annually to the writer of a publishable paper based on original research into any aspect of the history of transport and mobility. The prize is intended to recognise budding transport historians. It may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding article, or be divided between two or more entrants. Typically, the prize is awarded for research completed as part of a PhD.

Publication in the Journal of Transport History will be at the discretion of the Editor and subject to the normal refereeing process.

The prize is funded by the Transport History Research Trust in memory of John Scholes. John was the first Curator of Historical Relics at the British Transport Commission. The prize is administered by the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M –

Entry is limited to researchers who, at the time of submission, are not yet in or have just commenced a permanent / tenured academic (or equivalent) position, and who are just starting to publish research.

Essays (in English, double-spaced) should not exceed 8,000 words (including footnotes). Sources must be documented fully. Entries must be submitted electronically, to arrive no later than Monday 31 July 2017.

 They must not bear any reference to the author or institutional affiliation. Senior scholars will judge entries against criteria of originality, thoroughness and excellence of argument, source use, composition and illustration. The process is ‘double-blind’. The judges will not enter into correspondence.

 A cover letter and a one-page CV must demonstrate eligibility for the prize.

 Entries for the prize should be sent to the JTH Editor at The subject line of the message must read ‘John Scholes Prize entry 2017’.

I’ve attached the call for submissions to this email – please distribute to those you feel may be interested.

Best wishes,

Dr Mike Esbester
Senior Lecturer in History and Level 4 Year Tutor (overall administration)

Please note that I am only employed part-time and there will therefore be a delay before I am able to reply to your email. Thank you for your patience.
University of Portsmouth
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Deputy Editor, Journal of Transport History

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