2015 — Lindsay Wells (University of Wisconsin–Madison), "The Sensual Use of Color in D. G. Rossetti’s Venus Veritcordia”
- Honorable Mention: Shannon Draucker (Boston University), "Acoustical Power and the Folk World in Hardy’s The Return of the Native”
- Honorable Mention: Jessica Queener (West Virginia University), "Violence and British Identity in Yokohama’s Expatriate Community: Charles Wirgman’s Japan Punch, 1862-1876”
2012 — Lee Anne Bache (Indiana University–Bloomington), "Properties of the Self: Aurora Leigh, Intellectual Property, and Women's Autobiography"
2011 — Laura Golobish (University of Georgia), "Building a Pocket Cathedral"
2010 — Alisha R. Walters (University of Toronto), "Racial Diversity and British Nationality in Wilkie Collins's Armadale" and Joseph Stubenrauch (Indiana University), "Evangelical Geographies: Religious Tourism and Souvenirs in Early Victorian Britain"
2009 — Jennifer Warfel Juszkiewicz (Notre Dame), "The Iron Library: Victorian England and the Creation of the British Institution"
2008 — Philip Steer (Duke University), "Guerrillas in the Midst: Settler Colonization and the British Invasion Novel"
2007 — Kimberly Hereford (University of Washington), "G.F. Watts' Female Portraits and the Grosvenor Gallery: A Union of Style and Symbolism"
2006 — Teresa Huffman Traver (Notre Dame), "When Autobiography Does Theology: Development in Newman's Apologia"
2005 — Marty Gould (University of Iowa), "Around the World in 80 Plays: Drama and Empire in the Nineteenth Century"
2003 — Marty Gould (University of Iowa), "Rational, National Show: The Theatrical Career of the Great Exhibition"
2002 — Sara L. Maurer (Indiana University) "Redefining the Bounds of Property, Re-enforcing the Borders of Empire: Ulster Custom, 'Ancient Law', and the Land Act of 1870"
2001 — Sarah Heidt (Cornell University), "Executing Autobiographies: The Case of John Addington Symonds and Margaret Oliphant"