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Founded in 1910, The Round Table, Britain's oldest international affairs journal, provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is the major source for coverage of the policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its role in international affairs, with occasional articles on themes of historical interest.

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Hodson Memorial Prize

Win £1000 and publication of your article in The Round Table

This is an annual award by The Round Table in memory of the journal's late Editor, Harry Hodson, and to mark his association with The Round Table for nearly 70 years. It is awarded for a publishable article, contributed by an undergraduate or graduate of a recognized university in the Commonwealth.

2011 Winner

Matthew Graham - Hodson Memorial Prize for 2011Matthew Graham - Hodson Memorial Prize for 2011

The winner of the Hodson Memorial Prize for 2011 was Matthew Graham for his article 'Foreign Policy in Transition: The ANC's search for a foreign policy direction during South Africa's transition, 1990-1994'.

Matthew Graham is currently working at the University of Sheffield's History Department and also as a voluntary researcher for the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. Matthew has just completed his PhD in History at the University of Sheffield, which examined the continuities and discontinuities of the foreign policy of the African National Congress between 1960 and 1999. His winning article is based on research for a chapter in his thesis.

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Applying for the 2015 Award

Entries for the 2015 award should be marked ‘Hodson Memorial Prize’ and sent by 31 December 2015 to: Dr Venkat Iyer, The Editor – The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, School of Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, U.K.; e-mail

The question for 2015 is, ‘The creation of an independent Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965 was widely perceived as marking the association’s “coming of age” as an international organisation. Fifty years on, is the Secretariat (and the Secretary-General) part of the solution to the Commonwealth’s current malaise – or part of the problem?'

Length and deadlines
Applicants for the award should contribute an essay of between 1500 and 2000 words in length, by 31 December 2015, of a standard appropriate to publication in The Round Table. Entrants will be judged on the clarity and readability of their contributions, as well as the content of their arguments.

Other conditions
Applicants should be aged under 30 at the time of submission of an article. Although it is expected that most applicants will be undergraduates or recent graduates, it is not a requirement of the award that the applicant should have a current academic affiliation.

Judging will be by a panel of three, chaired by the Editor of The Round Table, normally including the Chairman of The Round Table and a representative of the publisher. Their decision will be final. Although only one Hodson Prize will be awarded each year, the Editor may offer publication to other entries submitted. Applicants should retain copies of their articles, which will not normally be returned.

The Hodson Memorial Prize
The Prize will have two components. First, publication of the winning article in The Round Table in the following year. Second, a sum of £1,000 Sterling. Where the winner is a resident in the UK, or another Commonwealth country in which The Round Table holds activities, it is hoped that the prize winner may be invited to take part (e.g., by attending a Round Table dinner). The Round Table will seek to publicize the name of the winner.

Hodson Memorial Prize Winners

  • 2012 - No Winner

  • 2011 - Matthew Graham - 'Foreign Policy in Transition: The ANC’s search for a foreign policy direction during South Africa’s transition, 1990-1994'
    The Round Table, 422 (2011), pp 405-423 Read the abstract

  • 2010 - No Winner

  • 2009 - Natasha Price - Integrating 'Return' With 'Recovery': Utilising the Return Process in the Transition to Positive Peace: A Case Study of Sri Lanka
    The Round Table, 410 (2010), pp. 529-545 Read the abstract

  • 2008 - Beth Kreling - India and the Commonwealth
    The Round Table, 400 (2009), pp. 49-66 Read the abstract

  • 2007 - No Winner

  • 2006 - Ingrid Barnsley - Dealing with change: Australia, Canada and the Kyoto Protocol to the Framework Convention on climate change
    The Round Table, 385 (2006), pp. 399-410 Read the abstract

    AND - Line E Gissel - From Links of Iron to Slender Rope: Essays in the Empire and Commonwealth Essay Prize Competition
    The Round Table, 388 (2007), pp. 37-49 Read the abstract

  • 2005 - Zoe Ware - Reassessing Labour's Relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa
    The Round Table, 383 (2006), pp. 141-52 Read the abstract

  • 2004 - No Winner

  • 2003 - Robert Colvile - A Place to Stand: The Problems and Potential of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group
    The Round Table, 375 (2004), pp. 343-53 Read the abstract

  • 2002 - No Winner

  • 2001 - Amrita Narlikar - The Politics of Participation: Decision-Making Processes and Developing Countries in the WTO
    The Round Table, 364 (2002), pp. 171-185 Read the abstract