Postgraduate Prize

Each year, the BNA awards an undergraduate (£250) and a postgraduate (£500) prize to student BNA members.

Applicants for both postgraduate and undergraduate prizes must be current BNA members. All nominations should be sent by email to by 31st October each year. The nomination and supporting documents may be sent by the student OR nominator. 

If you wish to apply for either prize but your studies have been disrupted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, then please do continue with your application as best you can as this will be taken into account when considering submissions.  


To be eligible for the  postgraduate prize, candidates must have completed and submitted their thesis and had it approved (i.e. the PhD viva has taken place) within the 12 months preceding 31st October each year. We recognise that formal award of a PhD can take some time, and so we do not require that the PhD has been formally awarded in order to be eligible for the Prize. The candidate must be a current BNA member.

In order to apply, please submit the following documentation to, and complete the online application form by 31st October:

  • Letter of nomination from the student’s supervisor
  • External examiner’s report or recommendation
  • Abstract of the thesis
  • Statement from the student highlighting the importance of the work in the thesis

It is also beneficial to include a list of publications and presentations at meetings that have arisen from the work, and an indication of current career intentions. 

Master's students are also eligible and can also submit a Master's project for the Postgraduate prize. However, please be aware that these will be judged following the same criteria as those for a PhD thesis. At present the BNA does not have a separate category for Master's students.