Academy of Accounting Historians


The Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld Scholarship
The Academy of Accounting Historians annually awards an individual or individual as the recipient or recipients of the Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld Scholarship.  The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and support research on the history of accounting by doctoral students and recently appointed accounting faculty. The scholarship was initiated by the generous gift of Dr. Hanns Martin Schoenfeld and the late Dr. Margit Schoenfeld in recognition of their belief in the importance of historical scholarship to accounting education and research.


A monetary award is available to support research on a doctoral dissertation, or develop publications proceeding therefrom by a recent PhD graduate. Qualifying research topics should address the history of accounting. Projects of an international nature and those pursued by scholars whose first language is not English are particularly invited. Applicants must be currently enrolled for a PhD by research, or have completed a PhD by research within the last five years.


Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae and a statement (containing a maximum of 1,000 words) which discusses the doctoral research undertaken on the history of accounting, the stage reached and how the award would prove beneficial to the applicant. A short statement from a supervisor should also be submitted in the case of applicants currently enrolled for a PhD.


Deadline for Nominations: June 2, 2014


Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at


Congratulations to the 2013 Recipient!
Kyrsta Heathcote (University of Johannesburg)

For her research on the topic, “Professionalisation of accountancy in the Orange Free State and Natal: A historical analysis in contesting environments, 1907-1960”.

From her nominator, Dr. Grietjie Verhoef, also her PhD supervisor and Director of the South African Accounting History Centre:

“Her pioneering work on the formative years of professionalization in two territories, later British Colonies in nineteenth century “South Africa” considers the different contexts of the emerging closure strategies of the different settler communities. She analyses the strategic positioning of individuals in the emerging accounting profession, the forging of networks of business and social relationships and the management of professionalization criteria as professional closure mechanisms. The complex relationships of social class and economic class, of social origin and social relationships are investigated in the former independent Boer Republic, the Oranje Vrijstaat and the Natal Colony, since the early years of the professional associations in the two territories. The skillful utilization of relationships with Government and other professional entities offers a rich texture to the professionalization project in South Africa. Her work is ground breaking in the South Africa professional community of Chartered Accountants, since it considers the dynamics of accounting professionalization between accountants of different cultural and language origins. The study is even more remarkable, as it will be the first PhD in Accounting History in South Africa.”

Past recipients of the Award:

        2008    Sonia Granado Suarez, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

        2009    Delfina Gomes, University of Minho

        2010    No Award Presented

        2011    Ofelia Pinto, University of Ballarat

        2012    Miguel Goncalves, University of Minho

        2012    Martin Persson, University of London

        2013    Krysta Heathcote, University of Johannesburg


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