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2021 DHST Dissertation Prize Competition Call for Applications

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST), invites submissions for the sixth DHST Dissertation Prize to be presented in July 2021. Initiated at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in 2005 held in Beijing, IUHPST/DHST now awards the prize every two years. Up to three awards for recent Ph.D. historians of science and technology will recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations completed and filed between 1 September 2018 and 1 September 2020.

The Prize does not specify distinct categories, but submissions must be on the history of science, technology, or medicine. The Award Committee endeavors to maintain the broadest coverage of subjects, geographical areas, chronology and civilizations (African, North American, South American, Asian, Islamic, Western and Ancient Civilizations, and others not included in this list).

Prizes consist of a certificate, waiver of registration fees, assistance with travel and accommodation expenditures to the IUHPST/DHST Congress in Prague in July 2021. The winner of a prize whose dissertation engages substantially Islamic science and culture (over competitions five (2016–2018) and six (2018–2020), is also awarded the İhsanoğlu Prize funded by the Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education (ISAR). The Turkish Society of History of Science has graciously funded the İhsanoğlu Prize for the Congress following Prague 2021.

Award Committee

The Award Committee includes DHST Council members and distinguished subject specialists.

Competition Calendar

Applications open 10 July 2020 and close 1 October 2020 (22:00, GMT). Announcement of prize winners for the sixth competition in early 2021. Award ceremony for winners of competitions 5 and 6: July 2021 in Prague.

Application Parameters

Submission in any language is welcome. All dissertations must be accompanied by a detailed summary in English of no more than 20 double-spaced pages. A list of previous winners and their projects may be found on the DHST web page at

Application Procedure

There are three elements. All three must be submitted in PDF format. Candidates should email one copy of the dissertation and the English language summary to ( Applicants should request that their dissertation supervisor write a separate confidential letter (to the same email address) of three pages or less assessing the dissertation and its historiographical significance. The email header for all three elements should specify in the subject line DHST Dissertation Prize-2021- followed by the last name of the candidate as in this format: DHST Dissertation Prize-2021-Last Name.


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