The Nineteenth Century Studies Association is pleased to announce the Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in nineteenth century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within six years of the author’s doctorate or other terminal professional degree. Entrants must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in 2021. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded. 

Entries can be from any discipline and may focus on any aspect of the long nineteenth century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged. 

Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection in 2019 or between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are eligible for the 2021 Emerging Scholars Award; if the date of publication does not fall within that span but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible.  An essay can only be submitted one time for each prize. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be “in print” and are thus eligible.

Articles submitted to the NCSA Emerging Scholars Award competition are ineligible for the Article Prize and vice versa; only one entry per scholar or publisher to one of the two awards is allowed annually. 

July 1, 2020

To Apply
Send a PDF of electronically published articles/essays to:

All submissions via email will be acknowledged. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility.

Dr. Emily C. Burns, Chair of the Emerging Scholars Committee

Previous Recipients

Ann Garascia, “’Impressions of Plants Themselves’: Materializing Eco-Archival Practices with Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae.” Victorian Literature and Culture 47.2 (Summer 2019): 267-303.

Carla Manfredi, “Island Encounters in Focus: Photography and the R. L. Stevenson Family.”  Victorian Review 43 (2017): 67-86.

Ashley Reed, “‘I Have No Disbelief’: Spiritualism and Secular Agency in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2017): 151-177.

Mira Rai Waits “The Indexical Trace: A Visual Interpretation of the History of Fingerprinting in Colonia India” Visual Culture in Britain 17 (2016): 18-46.

Lacey Baradel, “Geographic Mobility and Domesticity in Eastman Johnson’s ‘The Tramp.'” American Art 28 (Summer 2014): 27-49.

Henry Cowles, “A Victorian Extinction: Alfred Newton and the Evolution of Animal Protection.” The British Journal for the History of Science 46.4 (2013): 695-714.

Sarah Cornell, “Citizens of Nowhere: Fugitive Slaves and Free African Americans in Mexico, 1833-1857.” The Journal of American History (September 2013): 351-374.

Kimberly Hamlin, “‘The Case of a Bearded Woman’: Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin,” American Quarterly, 2011: 955-81.

Ross Barrett, “Rioting Refigured: George Henry Hall and the Picturing of American Political Violence,” The Art Bulletin, September 2010.

Ezra Shales, “Toying With Design Reform: Henry Cole and Instructive Play for Children,” Journal of Design History, 2009.

Marnin Young, “Heroic Indolence Realism and the Politics of Time in Raffaëlli’s Absinthe Drinkers,” The Art Bulletin, June 2009.

Hsuan L. Hsu, “Literature and Regional Production.” American Literary History, 17.1 (2005): 36-69.

Cynthia Imogen Hammond, “Reforming Architecture, Defending Empire: Florence Nightingale and the Pavilion Hospital,” Studies in the Social Sciences. 38 (2005): 1-24.