Prize details

F P Wilson Book Award in New Zealand History

Value:

Subject to available funds

Closing date:

Published works are to be submitted for consideration before the 1st day of March each year.

Eligibility

This award was founded by the late Professor Francis Prendeville Wilson, Professor of History from 1921-1934 who bequeathed his residuary estate for the establishment of prizes or scholarships to promote the study of the history of New Zealand.
It is awarded to the author of a published work deemed to be the most distinguished contribution to New Zealand history during the previous two years.

Information

Founded by the late Professor Francis Prendeville Wilson, Professor of History from 1921-1934 who in his will bequeathed his residuary estate for the establishment of Prizes or scholarships to promote the study of the history of New Zealand.
1. The award shall be known as the F P Wilson Book Award in New Zealand History and shall be offered every two years.

2. The value of the award in any year shall be determined after consideration of the income from the fund and shall be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the Head of the History Programme.

3. The award shall be given to the person who is the author of a work published during the two calendar years immediately preceding the first day of January in the year in which the award is offered which
(i) is based upon original research in a subject related to the history of New Zealand; and
(ii) is, in the opinion of the Head of the History Programme, the most distinguished contribution to the history of New Zealand published during the said period of two years.

4. Published works may be submitted for consideration before the first day of March in the year in which the Prize is to be awarded, but the Head of the History Programme may consider works other than those submitted.

5. If, in a year in which the Prize is available for award, no award is made the amount of the Prize may be added to the capital fund or set aside for an additional award in a subsequent year of award.

6. If, in a year in which the Prize has been awarded, the Head of the History Programme is of the opinion that another published work
(i) is the next most distinguished contribution to the history of New Zealand written during the said period of two years; and
(ii) is a work of such outstanding quality as to merit special recognition; the Council may pay to the author or authors thereof from any amount set aside for an additional award such sum as it may determine after receiving the recommendation of the Head of the History Programme.