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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

Details of how to enter can be found here.

OFS Rising Scholar Award

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The OFS Rising Scholar Award supports research by young scholars. Formerly known as the Cherwell Prize.

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 reimbursement, upon appropriate documentation, of travel expenses and symposium fees.

How to Apply

Submissions for the Award should be emailed to risingscholar@oxfordsymposium.org.uk no later than February 1 2020. For details, including submission requirements, judging criteria, and contact information, please see the PDF: OFS Rising Scholar Award.

The Young Chef Grants

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In order to make the Symposium experience more accessible to food professionals early in their careers, the Friends of the Oxford Symposium sponsor a program of Young Chef Grants. In the past recipients have come from India, Germany, Kenya, Turkey, Ukraine, Canada, Argentina, the US as well the UK.

Competetively awarded, the Young Chef Grant offers recipients a free place to attend all Symposium sessions plus assistance with travel expenses. Recipients’ schedule starts on Wednesday night before the Symposium in London (overnight accommodation included) where they will be hosted by Borough Market. The following day they will explore the market and be actively involved in the development of Borough Market’s Sunday lunch. They will then travel to Oxford and on Friday have the opportunity to work alongside Tim Kelsey of the St. Catherine’s College kitchen and guest chefs. Past guests include Fergus Henderson, Allegra McEvedy, Jacob Kenedy, Moshe Basson, and Olia Hercules.

Who is eligible

Young Chef Grants are awarded to culinary professionals with not more than ten years in the industry.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please submit a one-page pdf document that includes the following:

*a statement introducing yourself and explaining why you would like to attend the Symposium. Use the statement as an opportunity to think about how you want to develop as a chef, and how attending the Symposium would contribute to your professional growth.

*a summary of your educational background and your cooking experience.

*links to any of your social media that relate to food, such as a Twitter or Instagram feed or Facebook page.

The application deadline for the 2020 Symposium is March 1, 2020. A committee of Symposium Trustees headed by Harold McGee with the assistance of Head Chef Tim Kelsey. Please address submissions and any questions to: youngchefs@oxfordsymposium.org.uk

Previous Winners

To say I loved and thoroughly and enjoyed every minute of the Symposium does not do it enough justice and … I was shocked in ways I didn’t think we’re possible!
Read the reports from the 2019 young chefs Aisling Kearns, Yolanda Wu, Monica Bettson, and Kardelen Soyalp here
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
The meals in 2019 included a feast on the power of food in the Columbian Exchange devised by Sandra Mian and cooked by Liz Galicia of El Mural de los Poblanos and Tim Kelesy and the St. Catz Kitchen and The Power of Frugal Greek Cooking devised and cooked by Aglaia Kremezi and Chef Michael Costa of Zaytinya with Tim Kelsey and the St. Catz Kitchen.
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.

Financial Support Grants (formerly Student Research Grants)

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Who is eligible

The Friends of the Symposium offer a number of discretionary grants to help those with accepted paper proposals to attend the event and present their paper who would otherwise be unable to do so. Anybody can apply, including students without institutional support, unaffiliated scholars as well as campaigners and activists without sufficient funding. 

How to apply

Our budget is limited, so please provide a brief paragraph for the reasons why you need our assistance, how much assistance you require and why you are unable to raise funds from elsewhere (150 words max). Grant awards will be distributed on the basis of need by the OSFC. Evidence of need may be requested. The deadline for this application is April 15, the address is supportgrant@oxfordsymposium.org.uk and we will let you know about our decision no later than April 30.

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 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.