Harry Hodson prize

This is an annual award 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 publishable article, contributed by anyone aged 30 years or younger as on 31st December of the year in which the article is submitted.

The Prize has two components: (a) publication of the winning article in The Round Table in the following year; and (b) a cash award of £1,000 Sterling. Where the winner is a resident in the UK, or another Commonwealth country in which The Round Table may hold activities, it is hoped that the prize winner may be invited to receive the prize in person (e.g., by attending a Round Table dinner). The Round Table will seek to publicise the name of the winner.

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 be of significance to the contemporary Commonwealth, should demonstrate freshness of material and analysis, and where possible will be of interest to the media and policymakers. These articles will be refereed, and assessors will take into account qualities of reportage and/or awareness and use of relevant theory.

Length and deadlines

Applicants for the award should contribute an essay of between 1500 and 2000 words in length, by 31 October 2018, of a standard appropriate to publication in The Round Table. Entrants will be judged on the clarity and readability of their contributions, as well as the content of their arguments.

Other conditions

Applicants should be aged 30 years or younger at the time of submission of an article. Although it is expected that most applicants will be undergraduates or recent graduates, it is not a requirement of the award that the applicant should have a current academic affiliation. There is no nationality requirement for applicants.


Judging will be by a panel of three, chaired by the Editor of The Round Table, normally including the Chairman of The Round Table and a representative of the publisher. Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entertained on the subject. Although only one Hodson Prize will be awarded each year, the Editor may offer publication to other entries submitted. Applicants should retain copies of their articles, the originals of which will not normally be returned.


Essays should be submitted by email to the editor, Dr Venkar Iyer, at theroundtable@hotmail.co.uk.

About the 2017 Hodson Prize winner

Harriet Aldrich

The Round Table is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Hodson Prize is Harriet Aldrich, of the University of Oxford, UK. Harriet has been awarded the prize for her essay, ‘The Commonwealth, Apartheid, and the role of Micro-states’, to be published in The Round Table at a later date.

Harriet Aldrich is an AHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Oxford. She has studied at Durham and Cambridge Universities, and her work focuses on modern African history in a global context. She is currently working on a thesis entitled ‘The Condition of Exile: Ghanaian Exile Networks and Competing Nationalisms, 1957-1993’. Harriet is also co-organising a conference at Magdalene College, Cambridge, entitled ‘The Commonwealth Effect’, which aspires to re-frame the Commonwealth by encouraging fresh explorations of its influence on the global arena from a variety of national and regional perspectives.

Click here to learn about previous Hodson Prize winners.

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