During the joint 1st World Congress of Business History and 20th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association in Bergen 25-27 August 2016, the EBHA will award a prize for the best dissertation in business history submitted to a European university in the previous two years (The dissertation should have been accepted prior to the hand-in dead-line, April 15, 2016). Eligible dissertations may be in any European language.
Three finalists will be selected from the dissertations submitted for consideration, and the authors will be required to give a presentation based on their dissertations at a plenary session at the EBHA congress/World Congress of Business History in Bergen. All three finalists will receive a certificate that they have been among the short-listed candidates and will be eligible for reimbursement of part of their travel costs. All three will also be eligible for a waiver of their registration fees for the conference. In addition, the prize winner will receive EUR 500 and a special certificate. The finalists are invited to have written versions of their presentations published in the Newsletter of EBHA. The prize and the travel cost reimbursement fund have been funded since 2010 by the William Lind Foundation, located in Scotland.
Procedure for entry
All candidates wishing to enter the prize competition must meet the criteria indicated above and must attach a summary of 1-2 pages of their dissertation to the application along with a printed copy of the dissertation itself. The candidate must document that the thesis has been accepted. If possible an assessment report should be added to the application. Supervisors of candidates may also be invited by the candidate to write a 1 page recommendation outlining the strong points of the thesis. Recommendation and assessment reports are, however, optional, and absence of these documents will not count against the candidate in the competition.
A printed paper version of the dissertation and accompanying documentation as specified above must be submitted for consideration to the following address:
Professor Susanna Fellman
PO Box 625
School of Business, Economics and Law
In addition, an identical electronic version of the dissertation and accompanying documentation as specified above in PDF format, should be submitted by email to
The deadline for application for the prize is 15 April 2016. Dissertations submitted after this date, submitted only in electronic form, or submitted without a summary and a documentation of acceptance, will not be considered further.
For more information about the Dissertation prize (for example the criteria for judging), we refer you to the EBHA website: http://ebha.org/?seite=dissertation_prize