Harry Hodson prize

Win £1000 cash prize and publication of your article in The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

This is an annual award presented by The Round Table in memory of the journal’s late Editor, Harry Hodson, and to mark his association with The Round Table for nearly 70 years. It is awarded for a written piece of work by an undergraduate or postgraduate student from a university in the Commonwealth.

Harry Hodson

Henry Vincent (Harry) Hodson (1906-1999), an economist by training, joined the editorial board of The Round Table in 1930, and served as Assistant Editor from 1931 to 1934 and Editor from 1934 to 1939; he remained an active member of the board until his death, and contributed over sixty articles to the journal. Meanwhile he was in government service during the Second World War, including a year as Reforms Commissioner in India; he later wrote The Great Divide (1969), on the partition of India. He was Assistant Editor (1946-50) then Editor (1950-61) of The Sunday Times before becoming the first Provost of Ditchley and Director of the Ditchley Foundation (1961-71). He was later Editor of The Annual Register (1973-88).


The topic may be freely chosen by applicants, but should relate to the contemporary Commonwealth, or a region or country within the Commonwealth. It should provide an interesting, engaging, and academically-based take on the chosen issue.

The piece of work can be written specifically for the competition or be based on an essay or part of a dissertation. However, on submission it should be read as a stand-alone piece of work, and it should not have been published, or submitted for publication, elsewhere.

Submission criteria

Applicants for the award should contribute pieces of between 1500 and 2000 words in length by 31 October 2020. The prize-winning article may be edited to fit the format of the journal.

Other conditions

Applicants should be aged under 30 at the time of submission of the article. Although only one Hodson Prize will be awarded each year, the Editor may offer publication to other entries submitted. Authors should retain copies of their articles, which will not normally be returned.


Submitted articles will be reviewed by members of The Round Table editorial board and a representative from Taylor and Francis, the journal’s publisher. The panel will be chaired by the Editor of the journal. Their decision will be final.

The Prize

The prize will have two parts. First, publication of the winning article in The Round Table. Second, the sum of £1000 sterling.

Where the winner is a resident of the UK, or another Commonwealth country in which The Round Table holds activities, it is hoped that the prize winner will be invited to take part (e.g. by attending a Round Table dinner). The Round Table will also publicise the name of the winner and the winning entry.

How to submit your work

Entries for the award should be marked ‘Hodson Memorial Prize’, and sent via email only by 31 October 2021 to Dr Venkat Iyer, the Editor of The Round Table. Email: [email protected]

About the 2018 Hodson Prize winner

Oliver Parker

The Round Table is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Hodson Prize is Oliver Parker, for his essay,  ‘Canadian Concerns of a Different Kind of Brexit: Britain’s First Application to the EEC and Canada’s Commonwealth Appeal’.

Oliver is a graduate student specialising in economic history with research interests in trade policy, imperial preference during the interwar period, and Edwardian-era private investment in Canada. He is currently studying for a Masters in History and Economics at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany, and has previously studied at the University of Ottawa. He has twice previously published papers in Clio, the undergraduate journal of history at the University of Ottawa. In the future, he hopes to continue his work on imperial preference and Commonwealth protectionist trade policy.

Click here to learn about previous Hodson Prize winners.

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