Awarded annually by the Transatlantic Studies Association for the best paper presented at its annual conference by an early career scholar. 

Award: £250

Early career scholar is defined as: a PhD student; anyone within five years of having been awarded a PhD; anyone who has a full-time appointment at a recognised higher education institution, but has not held the post for more than 3 years and does not fall into the doctoral category.

The winner of the Watt Prize is expected to organise a panel for the following year's TSA conference, with the participants being PhD and/or post-doc level.

Instructions for applicants

Please submit a brief CV and a copy of the paper that will be presented at the TSA annual conference.

Papers should be fully developed and will be assessed against the stated requirements for article submissions to the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. All submissions must be a minimum of 19 pages in order to be given full consideration (applicants should note that a typical twenty-minute conference presentation will be much shorter).

All materials should be sent to the TSA Secretary, Kristin Cook.   


past recipients

2017: Jake Richards, Harvard University

‘Anti-­slave-trade law, “Liberated Africans”, and the state in the South Atlantic world, c. 1839 – 1852'


 2016: Stella Krepp, University of Bern

‘The Falklands/Malvinas War: A View from the South’ 


 2015: Ben Zdencanovic, Yale University

‘Remaking Exceptionalism: West European Social Democracy and the Shaping of the Post-War American Welfare State, 1943-1949’ 


 2014: Mark Seddon, University of Sheffield

‘Peace by Dictation? Anglo-US Efforts to Apply the Atlantic Charter to the Venezuelan Oil Industry, 1944′. 


2013: Stephen Bowman, Northumbria University

'An Englishman Abroad and an American Lawyer in Europe: Harry Brittain, James Beck and the Pilgrims Society during the First World War?'


2012: Marie Gayte, Universite du Sud Toulon-Var

'Cold War Triangle? The United States, the Vatican and Cuba'


2011: Douglas Snyder, University of Colorado at Boulder

''Fantastic and Absurd Utterances': The Vietnam War and Misperceptions of Anti-Americanism in Franco-American Relations'


2010: Frederic Heurtebize, Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)

'Washington's Assessment of the Union of the Left in France (1971-1981): A Threat to NATO?'


2009: Bronwen Everill, King's College London

'British West Africa or 'The United States of Africa'? Imperial Pressures on the Transatlantic Antislavery Movement, 1839-1842'