Academic awards and prizes are always a nice addition to an academic CV, but how do you find out about these competitions? It’s worth keeping your eyes out as they will be advertised in lots of different ways – through posters, forums, word of mouth. One helpful resource is Research Professional. It’s a database that you can search for all sorts of pieces of research funding, including prizes. Just register with your LSE email address and do an advanced search with ‘prizes’ selected under ‘award type’.
Just as an example, today I had a look and spotted that the The Wiener Library has opened the annual Fraenkel prizes with a closing date of 30 April 2013. They are inviting submissions for outstanding work in the field of 20th Century history in one of the library’s fields of interest, which are the history of Europe, Jewish history, the two world wars, anti-Semitism, comparative genocide and political extremism. The winner will receive US$4,000 for a completed but unpublished PhD thesis or equivalent. (MA theses are not admissible.)
This is just an example, with many other prizes listed under all sorts of disciplines. Why not take a look and see what you can find?