John Scholes Transport History Prize Competition for 2019

I’m pleased to announce that the John Scholes Transport History Prize Competition for 2019 is open, with a deadline for submissions of 2 August 2019.

The prize, which carries a cash recognition (200 Euros) & £150 of vouchers to spend with SAGE, 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 named in memory of John Scholes, the first Curator of Historical Relics at the British Transport Commission. The prize is funded by the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M – and SAGE, publishers of the Journal of Transport History.

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 Friday 2 August 2019.

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 ‘JohnScholes Prize entry 2019’. In the body of the message please indicate how you found out about the prize.

Please feel free to distribute details of the prize to those you feel may be interested.

Best wishes,



Dr Mike Esbester
Senior Lecturer in History and History Employability Lead

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