The Society for Army Historical Research Essay Prize Competition

2017 Essay Prize Winners

SAHR Chairman presents awards to Undergraduate and Sixth Form Essay Prize Winners at the Royal United Services Institute in London (2017)

The purpose of The Society for Army Historical Research Essay Prize Competition is to encourage, and reward, research undertaken by those in schools and universities. This is done every year by identifying, from appropriately submitted pieces of work, the best essay written on an aspect of the British Army's history.

The competition is open to both University Undergraduates and Sixth Form School Students regardless of nationality and country of residence. There are two classes of entry 'Undergraduate' and 'Sixth Form'. The winner in each class will receive a prize of £300 and the runner up a prize of £100, all of whom will receive an engraved commemorative glass.

The essay does not have to be written "from scratch"; the Society is happy to consider essays already written, for example as course work, as long as they meet the criteria for entry and have not been published elsewhere either electronically or in print.

To accommodate the Academic year the latest date for submissions is 15 February in the year following the competition year.

Prize winners and their parents, friend or tutor will be invited to the Templer Medal and Student Essay Prize awards reception. This event takes place in the presence of Society Members every April in London.

Previous winners have told us that winning their prize has helped towards applications for university, for example in their personal statement. One Undergraduate said that his win directly contributed to the success of his application to undertake a postgraduate degree.

Click here for competition rules and guidance.

Click on the links below to read our prize-winning essays:

2020 Bonus Competition



Any Questions? Please contact the Essay Co-ordinator, Phil McCarty at