Dr John Davies was one of the leading historians of his generation and wrote A History of Wales amongst many other titles. He studied at University College Cardiff and Trinity College, Cambridge and was appointed lecturer at Swansea University. For 18 years he was the warden of Neuadd Pantycelyn, Aberystwyth and lectured - mainly through the medium of Welsh - in the History and Welsh History Department. In 2013 he was given an Honorary Fellowship at the Coleg's Annual Meeting in Aberystwyth.
The prize is awarded for the best Welsh language dissertation on Welsh History. Only dissertations submitted by those undergraduates who graduated from Welsh universities in 2016 are considered. The prize is not restricted to work submitted within History and Welsh History departments, but the work must deal with some aspect of Welsh History. Individual universities are not restricted in terms of the number of entries, but only one entry is permitted per academic department.
2016: Catrin Howells, Cardiff University
2017: Ceiri Coker, Bangor University
2018: Elen Mererid Osmond Hughes, Aberystwyth University