Graduate Student Essay Prize in Global Early Modern Studies

The Program in Global Early Modern Studies (GEMS) will be offering a prize of $100 for an essay on an early modern topic written by a student at the CUNY Graduate Center.  The purpose of the prize is to encourage future Early Modern scholarship by recognizing scholarly promise in a graduate student.  

To be eligible, students must be matriculated in a Masters or Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center at the time of writing and submission of the essay.

Previous winners of the prize are not eligible. The essay must deal with a topic within the chronological period 1350-1700. Submissions should be 15-30 pages in length, double-spaced. The essay may be a seminar paper or part of a dissertation. 
Submissions for the prize must be approved by a CUNY faculty member who has taught at least one course in early modern studies at the Graduate Center. 

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:  

1) contribution to scholarship 

2) originality of insight and research 

3) clarity and eloquence 

4) effectiveness of documentation. 

For the 2022-2023 academic year, applications and supporting material must be submitted and uploaded here by May 26, 2023, 11:59pm. 

Faculty members will be sent a separate email from us asking to approve the student’s submission.

Essays will be judged by a panel of three CUNY faculty members. The winner will be contacted via email.

Application Form

The deadline for submitting this application in Friday, May 26, 2023, no later than 11:59pm. The application will automatically close after that time. 

Please fill out the form below.

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