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LSE Festival research competition 2020

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 The LSE Festival 2020 hosts a research competition for students and staff.

Could you win £250?

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 can find the submissions information and entry form on each page:

When is the deadline?

The competition closes on  Monday 27 January 2020 at 23:59 (GMT). In February, selected works will be featured in an online gallery. Shortlisted entries will go forward to a week-long exhibition at the LSE Festival 2 to 7 March 2020 , where we'll also hold a prize-giving at a networking reception.  

Can I enter the research competition?

The 2020 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 2019, 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 eight prizes in total: a prize for the winner of each category, and these four additional prizes. You will automatically be entered into the appropriate prizes based on the information you supply on your entry form. 

Festival Prize

This prize is awarded to the shortlisted submission that best engages with the LSE Festival theme “Shape the World".


The LSE LIFE prize is selected from shortlisted submissions from undergraduate and Master’s students and students who graduated in July or December 2019. 

  • 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.

Contact us 

Email us at researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk if you have any questions.