BrANCH is pleased to announce the addition of a new BAME essay prize of £100 for the best undergraduate essay or research project by black, Asian, or other minority ethnic students based in the UK.
The recent survey of our discipline undertaken by BrANCH, BAAS and HOTCUS, supported by reports published by the British Association of American Studies and the Royal Historical Society, has identified major obstacles to racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion in UK university History. One such obstacle is the progression of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) students from undergraduate to postgraduate level. As an organisation BrANCH is seeking to initiate positive and ongoing action in response to these obstacles.
We therefore invite submissions for our new, BAME undergraduate coursework essay prize of work written on any area of American history in the long nineteenth century by students identifying as BAME and in their second or third year of undergraduate study (third or fourth year in Scottish HEIs). Work should be 2500-3500 words in length, to include notes but exclude bibliography. While we expect the thematic content to be broad, judges will look for level of knowledge, writing style, degree of original thinking and overall quality of the piece.
Submissions should be sent by EITHER academic staff OR student to BrANCH EDI Officer Andrea Livesey at A.Livesey@ljmu.ac.uk, including a letter from any lecturer in the department confirming author’s registration on an undergraduate course. Please include a permanent mailing address and email address for the student.
Deadline for submissions: Monday 13th May 2019
The winning entry will be announced in June, with the prize of £100 sent directly to the successful student.