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.

This prize is awarded annually and the first recipient of the John Davies Memorial Prize 2016 was Catrin Howells, who received the award at the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod in August 2016.

Entries (submitted confidentially) should be emailed to via the universities' Coleg Branch Officers. Nominations for 2017 have now closed and the nomination process will restart at the end of 2017.

The John Davies Memorial Prize will be presented at the National Eisteddfod in August 2017.