The Margaret Orme Prize
The Society annually awards two prizes, known as the Margaret Orme Prizes, one to be awarded to an undergraduate or recently graduated student and the other to a first-year graduate student of Universities and Colleges in the United Kingdom and Eire (other than Oxford and the Department of Scandinavian Studies of University College London) who has distinguished himself or herself in fields of study appropriate to the Society’s interests. The Prize will consist of free Membership of the Society for five years from the October following the date of the award, with an immediate gift of £75 (a sum which will be reviewed from time to time) and of such publications of the Society (excluding back-numbers of the Saga-Book before Volume XX) as the prize-winner may care to select from those available in print, up to a value of £100 (members’ prices).
A nomination for the award should be sent either by the teacher responsible for the relevant field of study or by the Head of Department to the Joint Honorary Secretaries of the Society at the address below on or before 1 August in the relevant year. The nomination should be accompanied by a statement of the particular grounds for the recommendation and, if desired, by not more than one piece of written work by the student in question. Any information about examination marks or results will, of course, be treated with the strictest confidence. Adjudication by a panel appointed by the Council will normally be completed by 1 October each year. Any written work submitted will be returned as soon as a decision is made.
Applications should be sent to the Joint Honorary Secretaries at the Viking Society for Northern Research, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
Two other prizes of the same value as the Margaret Orme Prize are awarded annually to students who have distinguished themselves in the field of Old Norse studies. These are the Townsend Viking Society Prize, awarded to a student at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London, and the Turville-Petre Prize, which is awarded to a student at the University of Oxford. These prizes are awarded on the nomination of the appropriate academic staff.