Entry to the competition has now closed.

Are you an ESRC-funded PhD student, or have been within the last three years? Then we want to hear from you. As part of our anniversary celebrations the ESRC and SAGE have launched a writing competition to take a creative look at what impact current research will have on our fields.

This competition aims to recognise the next generation of creative researchers with excellent written and communication skills.

What do you have to do?

We want you to answer the question: How will your research or discipline change the world by 2065?

What’s the prize?

  • The winner will receive £1,000 cash prize
  • Two runners-up will receive £500 each

All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a master class on 'How to get published' and their articles will be published in print and online.

They will also be invited to the awards ceremony which will take place at the House of Commons in London on 10 November 2015.


To take part, you must be an ESRC-funded PhD student or have been within the last three years. This includes ESRC-funded PhD students at universities as well as PhD students in ESRC-funded institutes, units and Doctoral Training Centres.

Each student may submit one entry only.

The deadline for entries was 16.00 on 15 July 2015.

Articles should be a maximum length of 800 words, excluding the title. Any entries over this word count will be disqualified. Entries should not include any images, diagrams or tables.

The judges' decisions will be final. Find out what the judges are looking for.

Work may be edited by ESRC and SAGE for the final publication.