George Herbert Society Chauncey Wood Dissertation Award

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
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The George Herbert Society
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The Chauncey Wood Dissertation Award of the George Herbert Society, 2017-2019

For an Outstanding Dissertation on George Herbert

The George Herbert Society is pleased to invite submissions, beginning immediately, for the Chauncey Wood Dissertation Award for an Outstanding Dissertation on George Herbert. This prize will be awarded at the Sixth Triennial Meeting of the George Herbert Society, June 18-21, 2020 at George Herbert’s alma mater of Trinity College, Cambridge. Named for distinguished Herbert scholar and GHS co-founder Chauncey Wood, the Award recognizes outstanding doctoral thesis work on Herbert and includes a $500 cash prize. The winner will be invited to receive the award at our Sixth Triennial Conference, and should he or she do so, the Society will grant a $500 Travel Bursary and waive the registration fee; the winner also will be invited to submit a paper for the conference, representing his or her award-winning research.

Dissertations submitted for the Award must have been completed and successfully defended in the calendar year 2017, 2018, or 2019. Dissertations must be written in English and must deal with George Herbert in a substantial way.

The Society reserves the right not to make an Award in any given triennium, to make multiple smaller Awards, and to give one or more honorable mentions.

To be considered for the Award candidates should first send an electronic outline of the dissertation to Professor Christopher Hodgkins at, by December 31, 2019. Upon confirmation that the dissertation qualifies for consideration, the candidate should email an electronic copy of the dissertation as a pdf attachment to, by January 15, 2020. For past Award winners, see

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Hodgkins at

Judges: Professor Sidney Gottlieb, Sacred Heart University, Editor, George Herbert Journal (Chair); Professor Cristina Malcolmson, Bates College; Professor Jonathan F. S. Post, The University of California at Los Angeles