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About the Prize

Peter Cundill wished to recognize and promote literary and academic achievement in history. In 2008, he established the  Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) to be offered each year by McGill University to an individual, of any nationality and from any country, who has published a book determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

The University will grant one Grand Prize of US$75,000 and two 'Recognition of Excellence' Prizes of US$10,000 each. The recipients of the Prizes will be selected by an independent jury of at least five internationally distinguished and qualified individuals selected by the University. Jury members will be allowed to serve up to two years.

In order to be eligible, the author will have published a book in English (or a book that has been translated to English) in the area of history.  The book (original or translation) must have been published within the following dates: June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.


The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) is pleased to be assisting the Dean of Arts in the administration of the Cundill Prize and in History at McGill University.