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The Sophie Coe Prize in Food History

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The Sophie Coe Prize is the longest-running and most generous prize for writing in food history in the English language, given once a year for an essay or article of up to 10,000 words on any aspect of the history of food. First awarded in 1995, the fund that administers the prize was founded in memory of Sophie Coe, the eminent food historian who died in 1994. The winner is chosen every year by an anonymous panel of distinguished judges and awarded at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery to the author of an original, informative article or essay on some aspect of food history that embodies new research or provides new insights.

Read winning essays from previous years at The Sophie Coe Prize website

Who is eligible

For full details of the prize, its conditions, entry information and contact details, please visit the Sophie Coe Prize website.

The Award

£1,500 prize presented at the Symposium each year.

How to apply

Download a How To Enter PDF.


OFS Rising Scholar Award

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The OFS Rising Scholar Award supports research by young scholars.

Who is eligible

Applicants must be 30 or under (i.e. not have celebrated their 31st birthday by the start of the Symposium) and are expected to present the results of their research at the Symposium.

The Award

Made possible by an anonymous donation and overseen by the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium, the award is an immediate US$1000 grant and a second payment, given at the Oxford Symposium, which covers the Symposium’s attendance fees as well as transport to and from Oxford.

How to Apply

Submissions for the Award should be emailed to cathykkaufman@gmail.com no later than February 1 2019. For details, including submission requirements, judging criteria, and contact information, please see the PDF: OFS Rising Scholar Award.


Young Chef’s Grant

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Who is eligible

The Friends of the Oxford Symposium will award several fully funded places at the Symposium (12-14 July 2019) to culinary professionals with not more than ten years in the industry and a hunger to understand it more deeply.

The Award

Winners of Young Chefs’ Grants receive one free place to attend all Symposium sessions, assistance with travel expenses, and the opportunity to help prepare the festive communal meals, working alongside Tim Kelsey of the St. Catherine’s College kitchen and our guest chefs (past guests include Fergus Henderson, Allegra McEvedy, Jacob Kenedy, and Olia Hercules). Past awardees have come from the UK, India, Germany, Kenya, Ukraine and the US. The aim of the Grant is simple: to enrich your approach to food and cooking.

How to apply

If you’re interested, please send a one-page pdf document that includes the following: a short statement explaining why you would like to attend the Symposium and in what way this would benefit you, a summary of your educational background and your cooking experience, and links to any of your social media that relate to food, such as a Twitter feed or Facebook page. The deadline for the 2019 Symposium is March 1, 2019 no later than midnight GMT. Address correspondence to chefgrants.oxfordsymposium@gmail.com.chefgrants.oxfordsymposium@gmail.com

Previous Winners

I was surprised by how welcoming everyone is and you learn something from every conversation you have.
Deborah Ryan – winner 2017

Read Deborah’s report here
I can’t wait to be part of this event again
Girish Nyak – winner 2017
Read Girish’s report here

“My advice to the next Young Chefs is to take every opportunity you can to meet the people who attend and get stuck into the work in the kitchen at St Catz. It will be an experience you will never forget!”
Naomi Kelsey – winner 2016
Read Naomi’s report here
“I was heady with excitement to be able to work in the kitchen at such an event. This is a wonderful opportunity for any emerging chef!”

The meals in 2018 included a Wild East Feast: Foods by Olia Hercules and a Biblical Banquet: Seeds of Peace by Moshe Basson.

Some of our previous visiting chefs
Moshe Basson, Fergus Henderson, Allegra McEvedy, Olia Hercules, Shaun Hill, İhsan Karayazı in association with the Culinary Arts Academy of Istanbul, Aglaia Kremezi, Rowley Leigh, Jeremy Lee, Jacob Kenedy, Trine Hahnemann.


Prize for Best Presentation by a First-time Presenter who is not a student

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Who is eligible

You must be a first time presenter at the Oxford Food Symposium. This award is not open to students.

The Award

£150 is allocated by the Friends of the Oxford Symposium as prize money and is awarded to the best presentation by a first-time presenter who is not a student.

Recipients receive their funds at the Symposium in a public presentation.

How to Apply

You must have declared that you are a first-time presenter on your paper proposal to be eligible for this prize.


Prizes for Students

Student Research Grants

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Who is eligible

The Friends of the Oxford Symposium offer up to eight grants to students who have had a proposal accepted for presentation at the Symposium. To be eligible, you must declare that you are a student on your paper proposal. All students from undergraduate through PhD programs are eligible. This research grant is offered in addition to the first-come-first-serve discounted registration offered to the first 30 registered students.

The Award

The grant is £200 for UK students and £350 for students who study outside of the UK. This grant is in addition to whatever funding you may receive from your institution. This grant can be awarded in addition to the first-come-first-served discounted registration offered to the first 30 students.
Recipients receive their funds at the Symposium in a public presentation.

How to apply

When submitting your paper proposal you must state that you are a student. Please tell us what school you attend and the degree program you are enrolled in.


Prizes for Best Student Paper Presentations

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Who is eligible

All students presenting a paper at the Symposium are eligible. Student Research Grant recipients can also be considered for a presentation prize.

The Award

£500 is allocated as prize money to be awarded at the discretion of the awards committee between the best papers presentations by a student.

Recipients receive their funds at the Symposium in a public presentation.

How to Apply

You must have declared that you are a student on your paper proposal to be eligible for this prize.


Student Discounted Places

The first 30 students to register may register at the discounted student rate of £250 for full room and board. See the registration page for details.