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LSE Festival research competition 2019

Submissions open 

All LSE students and staff can enter the competition

Could your research win you £250?

The LSE Festival 2019 theme is 'New World (Dis)Orders'. How did we get here? What are the challenges? And, importantly, how can we tackle them? Take part by entering the research competition by midday Monday 21 January 2019.

Visit our Q&A stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student's Union 11.45am-2.30pm on Wednesday 16 January. 

Sign up to our mailing list.

What is the research competition?

Enter the LSE Festival research competition for a chance to spread the word about your research project in a creative way to new audiences. There are four competition categories to choose from. You will automatically be entered for prizes based on the information you supply on your entry form.

Introduction to the LSE Festival Research Competition 2019 Introduction to the LSE Festival Research Competition 2019
An introduction to the LSE Festival Research Competition 2019, filmed at the 2018 competition exhibition. LSE Film & Audio

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You can find the submissions information, judging criteria and entry form on each of our category pages:

When is the deadline?

The competition closes on Monday 21 January 2019.

Can I enter the research competition?

The 2019 LSE research competition is open to anyone who studies at or is employed by LSE: all undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD students, students graduating in July or December 2018, and all staff. 

Can I get help with my submission?

As well as the full judging criteria for each category and prize, we have top tips and toolkits to help you transform your work into a great research competition submission.

What could I win?

Each winner is awarded £250 (to be shared if you enter as a group) and promotion of your research on LSE's internal and external communications channels.

There are nine prizes in total - a prize for the winner of each category, and these five additional prizes: 

Festival Prize

This prize is awarded to the shortlisted submission that best engages with the LSE Festival theme “New World (Dis)Orders”.


The LSE LIFE prize is selected from shortlisted submissions from undergraduate and Master’s students and students who graduated in July or December 2018. 

  • Making the ‘world’ a better place: How well does the submission offer knowledge that could contribute to a change for the better for a community, big or small?
  • Communication: How well does the submission use written and/or visual forms of communication to interact with the Festival audience in a way that is clear and coherent?
  • Creativity: How well does the submission demonstrate inventive or unique ways of thinking and/or offer alternative perspectives?
  • Self-Understanding: How well does the submission demonstrate researcher self-awareness and reflexivity?

PhD Academy Prize

The PhD Academy prize is selected from shortlisted submissions from PhD students. 

It will be judged on your ability to communicate a concept, research question or finding in a way that stimulates debate and is accessible to a non-specialist audience.

Popular Prize

This prize is voted for by the public on the online gallery.

Staff Prize

The staff prize is selected from shortlisted submissions from anyone employed by LSE. 

What happens after I enter the competition?

In February, your work will be featured in an online gallery. Visitors to the gallery will be asked to vote for the winner of the Popular Prize.

Shortlisted entries will go forward to a week-long exhibition in the New Academic Building at the LSE Festival Monday 25 February - Saturday 2 March 2019. We'll also hold two events which you should attend:

  • 6pm, Tuesday 26 February: 'Meet the Researchers' informal networking reception.  This is a chance for all exhibitors to share their work with attendees.
  • 6.30pm, Thursday 28 February, Thai Theatre: Prize-giving. Followed by a reception in the exhibition.

Fast track entry

Entry form

Contact us 

Sign up to our mailing list or email us at researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk if you have any questions.