The Robert Silver Essay Prize

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Photo from St. John Adcock, Wonderful London (1926/7), vol. II, p.797

We announce the launch of a new historical essay prize in memory of the late Robert Silver (History Scholar, Trinity College 1974-7) for an essay on a subject related to the impact of British Jewry on twentieth century Britain. Essays should be no more than 8,000 words (including, where applicable, footnotes). In addition, submissions should include a summary version of 500 words. The winner will receive £1,000 and will have a version of their essay published in the Jewish Chronicle. A version of the 2021 winning entry from Fearghal Grace was published by the Jewish Chronicle in Oct 2021.

The intention behind the Prize is to encourage junior historians in their studies or research, and to promote research on one of Robert’s favourite subjects, the impact of British Jewry on twentieth century Britain. The prize will be open to UK citizens under 30, or those of any nationality and age registered as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at a UK university. It is hoped to attract submissions from undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior academics, journalists and writers based in the UK. 

The deadline for submissions is 23 April 2022. The winner will be announced before the end of the academic year. Please submit your essays to SilverPrize@hist.cam.ac.uk.

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Image: St. John Adcock, Wonderful London (1926/7), vol. II, p.797