SAHS Graduate Student Prize




In 2011 the SAHS Exco, with support from Taylor and Francis, (our South African

Historical Journal publisher) established the:




for Best Student Paper presented at the Biennial Conference.


We now invite paper submissions from eligible graduate students attending the 2019 biennial SAHS conference (Rhodes University, 24-26 June).


The Prize

¨    Membership to SAHS (or membership refund, from June 2019-December 2020).

¨    Taylor & Francis book vouchers worth ₤250 pounds.

¨    If the winning paper is recommended for publication, it will appear in the special conference edition of the SAHJ.


Past recipients include:


2011 - Kylie van Zyl, RU PhD, ‘Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: A Comparison of the Construction of Authority and Responsibility in Two South African Cholera Epidemics, 1980–1983 and 2000–2003’

2013 - Wesley Mwatwara, SUN PhD, ‘Even the Calves Must Dip’: East Coast Fever, Africans and the Imposition of Dipping Tanks in Southern Rhodesia, c.1902–1930’

2015 - Philip D. Rotz, Boston University PhD, ‘Sweetness and Fever? Sugar Production, Aedes aegypti, and Dengue Fever in Natal, South Africa, 1926–1927’

2017 - Temba Middelmann, Wits PhD, ‘Imagining the Future through the Past: Constitution Hill’s role in Public History and Memory’


Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words in length, 1.5 lined spaced with 12- point font, inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. The paper should be original work, sole authored and should not have been submitted to a journal for review or publication. The subject matter of the paper must fit within the mandate of the SAHJ.


Eligible students must be Southern African and/or enrolled at a Southern African University. Submissions should be sent to the committee chair and SAHS Vice-President, Prof. Luvuyo Wotshela, University of Fort Hare, , with evidence of your student status and institutional affiliation. Results of the competition will be announced at the  Conference Galla Dinner on 26 June 2019


Submission Deadline: 15th May 2019!


*** The SAHS is committed to fostering the development of young scholars in History and its allied fields***

Graduate Student Prize 2019