Division for the History of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

2025 Dissertation Prize – Call

The Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (DHST/IUHPST) is happy to invite submissions to the 8th DHST Dissertation prize, awarding promising young scholars in the broad field of the history of science and technology

Starting at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in 2005 held in Beijing, DHST now awards the prize every two years. Up to three awards for recent PhD historians of science and technology will recognize outstanding doctoral dissertations completed and filed between 2 September 2022 and 15 April 2024.

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, time periods, methodologies and so on.

Prizes consist of a certificate, waiver of registration fees, and assistance with 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 (either on the 7th (2020-2022) or 8th (2022-2024) editions of this competition) 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 under “Awards.”

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

COMPETITION CALENDAR: Applications open 1 May 2024 and close 1 August 2024 (10 p.m UTC). Announcement of prize winners for the 8th competition will be made in late 2024. An award ceremony for winners of the 7th and 8th DHST Prize 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 must be filed through this online form:

         – the full dissertation (submissions in any language are welcome)

         – a summary of the dissertation in English (maximum 20 double-spaced pages) Additionally, a recommendation letter from the PhD supervisor (at most 3 pages) assessing the dissertation and its historiographical significance must be sent within the same time frame by email to iuhpstdhst@gmail.com, c/o the DHST Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General, with the subject line in the format DHST Prize 2025 – Candidate’sLastName. The letter is confidential and must be sent directly by the supervisor.