Penn Press Prize for the Best Research Paper or Thesis in Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is pleased to announce an undergraduate student paper competition for research on any aspect of premodern (from Late Antiquity to 1700 AD) society, history, language, literature, art, religion, intellectual history, culture and politics.

Every year, the Program in Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies recognizes the best undergraduate research paper or thesis written for a Penn course. The prize is awarded at the end of the spring semester, entered on the student’s academic transcript, and published in the commencement booklet. The prize carries an award of $200 worth of books from Penn University Press.

Submissions should be e-mailed as a single PDF file to the GMRS Program Director, Prof. Julia Verkholantsev at juliaver at The title page should include the title of the course for which the paper was written and the name of the faculty advisor.

The deadline for 2023-24 submissions is TBA in the Spring Semester.