NUS Singapore History Prize

In order to ensure that this inaugural award of the NUS Singapore History Prize embraces the whole range of recent work of all types on various aspects of Singapore’s rich and dynamic history, we have decided to extend the deadline for nominations for the Prize, and to widen the period of eligibility. The new deadline for submission of eligible publications for consideration for the Prize is 31 May 2017, and nominated works meeting the criteria stated above that have been published, with an ISBN or ISSN number, at any time within the last five years up to the deadline date, will be given full consideration.

The Prize

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Department of History of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS), administers the NUS Singapore History Prize [hereafter The Prize], an award designed to invigorate research relating to the history of Singapore. The Prize has three objectives:

  • To inspire the highest scholarly standards in research and publications that address, in some manner, the history of Singapore;
  • To promote the widest possible critical interest in studying the history of Singapore;
  • To encourage innovative approaches to the critical study of the history of Singapore.

The Prize will be awarded every three years, generally around the time of National Day. The winning book will receive an award of $50,000 Singapore. The presentation will be made at a public lecture hosted by the Department, presented by the author of the winning book. Short listed books will also be publicly announced, and featured on the program website.

The Prize will be an open global competition, receiving nominations from any author or publisher of any work, published anywhere in English (written or translated), that meets the following criteria:

  • Book length work of non-fiction;
  • Authored or co-authored, rather than edited;
  • Addresses any time period, theme, or field of Singapore history, or includes a truly substantial analysis of any aspect of Singapore history as part of some wider study.

The place of publication can be anywhere in the world, but the nominated book must have a publishing date and ISBN or ISSN that falls within this time span. All nominations will be acknowledged, but no further communication will be made unless the nominated book is placed on the final short list for the award. Nominations can be submitted through the following link: Books published only in electronic format may be submitted in soft copy provided they meet the above criteria. One hard copy of each nominated book must be sent to this address:

  • NUS Singapore History Prize
    Advisory Committee Chair
    Dept. of History
    National University of Singapore
    11 Arts Link
    Singapore 117570

Please note: The Prize will only accept in nomination published books that meet the criteria stipulated; it is not a publishing program, and it will not endorse, support, or assist the publication of any unpublished manuscript, of any kind.

The purpose of this award is to promote real excellence in the scholarly study of the History of Singapore, broadly interpreted, in any field. The Prize winner will be a book that will make a profound and lasting contribution to our understanding of, interest in, and critical engagement with, the history of Singapore—a book that will make us reconsider how we understand that history.

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Jury Panel

The Prize winner will be selected by a Jury Panel, chaired ex-officio by the Head of the Department. The Jury Panel will only consider a shortlist of nominated publications, to be determined by an Advisory Committee. The Panel will operate by consensus. For the 2017 competition cycle and award, the following have kindly agreed to serve:

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will be chaired, ex-officio, by the Deputy Head of the Department. It will work by consensus. It will select a short list of nominated books to be considered by the Jury Panel for the final award. For the 2017 competition cycle and award, the following have kindly agreed to serve:

Assoc Prof Medha Kudaisya
Mr Tan Chye Guan
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