SOAS University of London

Walter Rodney Prize

4 February 2020

The Walter Rodney prize fund recognises student excellence for work on the History of Africa and the African Diaspora. It is awarded to outstanding UG and PG dissertations and supports UG research.

The prize fund has been established in 2019 in memory of the historian Walter Rodney, by his widow Patricia Rodney. Walter Rodney studied for his PhD at SOAS between 1963 and 1966. Born in Guyana, Rodney achieved a first-class degree in history at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica before coming to London. Rodney was a contemporary and companion of a remarkable international cohort of young historians who were to establish African historical studies in a large number of significant centres. He went on to become an internationally celebrated radical intellectual before his assassination in 1980.


One UG research award valued at £400 will be made available to support full time undergraduates with the costs of an Independent Study Project (ISP).

The research to be supported by this award must be conducted in the vacation - normally the summer vacation of the preceding year (summer 2020).

After completion of the research project, the award recipients are required to submit a brief report to be countersigned by their ISP supervisor.

Application Deadline
The closing date for completed applications is 16:00 UK local time, 29 May 2020.

Application Procedures
Your application should include

  • your contact details
  • the name of your degree course
  • a brief outline of your project (300 words)
  • a plan for the research to be undertaken during the summer with a provisional budget (such as travel expenses)
  • a reference from your supervisor (to be sent separately to Mat Schofield -ms132@soas.ac.uk ).

Complete applications should be sent to Mat Schofield (ms132@soas.ac.uk)