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UG Essay for Scholars of Colour


UG Essay for Scholars of Colour

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The 2021 awards will open for submissions on 1 October 2020.

In order to tackle the significant obstacles in higher education that are caused by systemic racism, and to make clear not only the commitment of BAAS to making the study of America in the UK more inclusive, but also to demonstrate the fundamentally important place scholars of colour have, BAAS is happy to launch this essay prize which is open exclusively to Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Arab, and any other BIPOC students. We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline.

Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to word length and the appropriate presentation style required by the judging panel for each award.

For the undergraduate essay prize, we request that no more than 10 essays per undergraduate department or programme should be submitted, each with a signed note by the Head of Department or tutor certifying the applicant’s registered status.

Undergraduate Scholars of Colour are more than welcome to submit work for this award and the Undergraduate Essay Prize (more details here), but these submissions cannot be duplicated: different essays have to be submitted to each award category.

The prize for the winning author will be £500.

The essay must not exceed 2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).

Authors should use an appropriate bibliographic referencing system.

Essays and supporting letters certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2021[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]