Border Criminologies seeks to support early career researchers working on the intersections between border control and criminal justice. As part of this goal, we have established a Border Criminologies Masters’ Dissertation/Thesis Prize with support from Routledge.

There will be two recipients of the Border Criminologies Prize each year. The winner and the runner up will receive £200 and £100 worth of Routledge books.  The winning piece will be published on the Border Criminologies’ SSRN Working Paper Series and will be included in the series’ monthly e-journals, which have 5,000-10,000 recipients. The authors are also expected contribute to the Border Criminologies blog with a post on their research.

The prize will be judged by a panel made up of members of the Border Criminologies’ core team and the Advisory Group. The Panel will assess the dissertation in terms of its quality and  originality, and its contribution to the body of knowledge about border control.

How to submit a dissertation

Entries must be submitted via email to with an accompanying 300 – 500 word abstract outlining the study’s main findings and contribution to the field. Please use this to tell us why you think your paper should be published.  All entries must be written in English and supported by two university authorities (from a university email account) to (i) confirm your attendance on the course (e.g. head of course/department) and (ii)  the work undertaken for the dissertation (e.g. dissertation supervisor). Candidates are expected to have been awarded the degree between July 2017 and July 2018. 

The deadline for entries is 3 September 2018.

For further queries about the Border Criminologies Masters' Dissertation/Thesis Prize, please contact Prof. Mary Bosworth at


July 2018

Call opens

3 September 2018
Call closes

September/October 2018
Panel deliberates – winners informed

Note: The Panel reserves the right not to make an award if standards are not deemed sufficient.