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.

Examples of winning essay topics include:

Submission criteria

Applicants for the award should contribute pieces of between 1000 and 2000 words in length (excluding any footnotes and bibliography) by 31 December 2023. NB any submissions received which are shorter than 1000 or longer than 2000 words will be automatically excluded. The prize-winning article may be edited to fit the format of the journal.

Other conditions

Applicants should be aged under 30 and registered students on 31 December 2023. 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. 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 by 31 December 2023 to [email protected].


About the 2021 Hodson Prize winner

The Round Table is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 Hodson Prize is Andrew Yu, for his essay, ‘Hong Kong, CANZUK, and Commonwealth: The United Kingdom’s role in defending freedom and the global order under “Global Britain”’.

Andrew Yu

Andrew is a PhD candidate in the Celtic and Scottish Studies department at the University of Edinburgh, researching Scottish bagpiping history and culture in former British colonies in the Far East (Hong Kong and British Malaya). In response to recent political developments and the enforcement of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, his research has also studied how this colonial legacy can survive in post-colonial Hong Kong, as the Hong Kong Government has been accelerating the decolonisation process in recent years. Apart from his ethnomusicological research, his research interests also include social policy, politics, colonialism, and nationalism. Some of his works relating to Hong Kong have been published in Asian Affairs, Human Affairs, and the Journal of British Studies.

Click here to learn about previous Hodson Prize winners.



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