Division of History of Science and Technology

2023 Dissertation prize – Call

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST), is happy to invite submissions to its seventh DHST Dissertation prize, awarding promising young scholars in the broad field of the history of science and technology.

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 2020 and 1 September 2022.

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 27th DHST Congress at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2025. The winner of a prize whose dissertation engages substantially with Islamic science and culture (over competitions seven (2020-2022) and eight (2022-2024), is also awarded the İhsanoğlu Prize funded by the Turkish Society of History of Science.”

A list of previous winners and their projects may be found on the DHST web page at: http://dhstweb.org/awards/dhst-dissertation-prize

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

COMPETITION CALENDAR: Applications open 10 July 2022 and close 1 October 2022 (22:00, GMT). Announcement of prize winners for the seventh competition in early 2023. An award ceremony for winners of competition 7 and 8 is planned at the 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology to take place in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2025.


In order to apply, the following pdf documents should be sent by mail to DHST president Marcos Cueto (marcos.cueto@fiocruz.br):

– the dissertation. Submissions in any language are welcome.

– a summary of the dissertation in English (maximum 20 double-spaced pages)

– A recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor (at most 3 pages) assessing the dissertation and its historiographical significance. The letter is confidential and should be sent separately by the supervisor.

The e-mails accompanying these documents should specify in the subject line: ‘DHST Dissertation Prize-2023” followed by the last name of the candidate as in this format: ‘DHST Dissertation Prize-2023-Last Name’.