Friday, March 16th, 2018

The Society for Romanian Studies is an international interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova.

They are currently organizing the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize competition for an outstanding unpublished essay or thesis chapter. The submitted single-author work must have been written in English by a graduate student in any social science or humanities discipline and the work must be on a Romanian subject, broadly and inclusively understood.

This year, with an earlier deadline than in previous competitions, the $300 prize will be awarded at the Society for Romanian Studies Conference to be held in Bucharest, June 26–30.

The competition is open to current M.A. and doctoral students or to those who defended dissertations in the academic year 2017–18.

The submitted work should have been completed during the 2017–18 academic year. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents.

Essays/chapters should be around 10,000 words double spaced, including reference matter.  Expanded versions of conference papers are also acceptable if accompanied by a description of the panel and the candidate’s conference paper proposal. Candidates should clearly indicate the format of the essay submitted.

Please send a copy of the essay and the accompanying documentation (as both Word and PDF please) and an updated CV to 

Members of this year’s committee are Jennifer Cash, Marina Cap-Bun, and R. Chris Davis.

If you have questions, contact the chair of the committee, Jennifer Cash, at 

Submissions must be sent no later than May 21, 2018.

Good luck!