CBRL 2023 Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes

Call for nominations


*** CBRL has extended the deadline for submission of undergraduate dissertations for its annual prizes due to UCU action at UK universities, which has delayed marking and examination board meetings in 2023 – please see below for more details. ***

We are pleased to announce the CBRL undergraduate dissertation* prizes in the field of Levantine studies (Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus) for the year 2023:

  • Levantine archaeology or history: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation or major research paper
  • Contemporary Levantine studies: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation or major research paper

*major final-year research papers are acceptable where there is no dissertation.

We invite UK-based heads of departments or chairs of departmental examination boards to nominateone final-year dissertation in the above subject areas. Where a department covers the ancient and contemporary Levant, the department may enter one nomination for each prize.

The dissertation should be the best in the subject area (with a first-class mark); focus on a topic relating to Levantine studies, whether ancient or modern; make an original contribution to research debates; and be of excellent quality.

Prize: £250 for each winning dissertation, plus one-year membership of CBRL, including online access to either of CBRL’s journals, Levant or Contemporary Levant, and acknowledgement on the CBRL website.

Nomination procedure:

  • Summer 2023: nominations should be made by departmental academic staff at undergraduate exam boards. Examiners/supervisors should make a case for the nomination (on the nomination form); the student should be informed that their dissertation has been nominated for the prize; student contact details should be given on the form.
  • 30 November 2023: deadline for departments to send electronic PDF of nominated dissertations together with completed nomination form to: [email protected]. Earlier submissions and notifications of nomination are welcome.

Please note that the original deadline has been put back due to the UCU marking and assessment boycott

Download the nomination form below:

CBRL Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes Nomination Form

All entries should be submitted to [email protected] by 30 November 2023.

For any further enquiries, please contact [email protected].