A prize will be awarded by the Society for French Studies for an essay in
English or French, of between 2000 and 5000 words, on any subject within the
scope of the French studies discipline.
The award will be for outstanding academic merit at undergraduate level, and
the judges will be a subcommittee of the Trustees of the Society for French
The award includes:
- a cash prize of £250
- expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French
- mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society for French Studies
The essay must have been written in the current academic year by an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
It must be entered for the Prize in the original, unrevised state in which it was submitted to the candidate’s lecturer or tutor, and with an attestation from that lecturer or tutor affirming that the author is an undergraduate student at their institution, the essay’s originality, the date of its first submission, and details of the context and requirements of the essay submitted (i.e. tutorial paper, term assignment, coursework submitted in lieu of examination paper). It must be accompanied by the coversheet available on this page, and adhere to the presentation guidelines given on that sheet.
Submissions must be received from Heads of Department by midday on 30 June 2018. No more than three essays may be submitted by any Department in one academic year (this applies to collegiate and non-collegiate universities alike). Essays should discuss primary material drawn from the broad disciplinary area of French studies. The primary material should be quoted in the original French. The essay should be between 2000 and 5000 words in length, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography.