Rules of The Spanish Orders History Prize


To distinguish the History researcher, from any part of the world, whose historical research work has achieved general recognition for the importance of his studies, the rigor of his documentation and the scope of his conclusions, and that some part of his work is related to the Hispanic and its projection in the world.


It is annual in nature and cannot remain vacant.


The Prize will consist of a diploma, a commemorative medal and the endowment of 60,000 euros.


The Prize shall be awarded in Spain. The date will be designated each year on a working day. The ceremony shall be attended by the Knights of the Orders designated by their authorities.


The jury will be composed of at least: the President of the Royal Council of the Orders, who will be ex officio President of the same, seven personalities from the cultural world chosen by the Royal Council, of which four must be members of the Royal Academy of History; a representative of each of the collaborating institutions, the President of Patrimonio Nacional, and the last prize-winner. The Royal Council of the Orders will designate the Secretary, and the Treasurer will be the same as the Treasurer of the Fundación Ordenes Españolas.  Both will have voice but no vote.

The Jury may establish a pre-selection committee to assist in the analysis and selection of nominations, and the Jury shall define the composition of this committee.


It is the responsibility of the President to convene the jury, organize and direct the deliberations and voting, and of the Secretary to take the minutes and ensure compliance with these guidelines.

The office of jury is non-delegable, as is the vote. The deliberations and voting are secret. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall cast the deciding vote.

The Prize shall be awarded to the candidate remaining as the sole candidate after the candidate(s), or candidates in the event of a tie, with the lowest number of votes have been eliminated from each ballot.


One candidate may be nominated:

  • Each of the recipients of previous editions of the Award.
  • The members of the sponsoring/collaborating companies.
  • The President of Patrimonio Nacional.
  • Universities that maintain a History Department, academies and institutions that, under different names, fulfill the same mission.

Each proposal must contain the name and nationality of the candidate, his/her curriculum vitae, books and other publications, lectures, articles, academic life, prizes and distinctions obtained, and any other information that may be useful to know the candidate’s scientific career and the scope of his/her work and studies.

All candidates must be committed to attend the Award Ceremony. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted. The Prize cannot be shared.

Nominations should be submitted with the title “Premio de Historia Órdenes Españolas”, in Spanish or English, by e-mail to info@premioordenesespañ or or by post to Plaza de las Comendadoras, 10- 28015 Madrid. Deadline: to be established for each edition. 

They may also be submitted directly on this website, in the section enlace.


The Secretary of the Prize is in charge of the organization of the award ceremony, of informing about the awarding of the Prize and of organizing the meetings of the jury, and also of maintaining the appropriate correspondence with the institutions and individuals who have proposed candidates. Such correspondence shall be carried out only in Spanish or, where appropriate, in English.


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