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Prizes and Scholarships

Polis has a variety of competitions and prizes awarded annually to currently enrolled LSE students.

Polis Social Media Prize (formerly the Human Digital Polis Social Media Research Award)

The Polis Social Media Prize is a new student award established in 2013 to continue the efforts of the Human Digital Polis Social Media Research Award in recognising student achievement and research in the area of social media. The prize of £500 will be granted to the LSE post-graduate student with the best dissertation research proposal in the domain of social media. Proposals of 500-1,000 words should be submitted to polis@lse.ac.uk| by Monday, April 28th 2014.


The judging panel will be made up of Dr Ellen Helsper, of the LSE Media and Communications Department and Charlie Beckett, Polis Director. They are particularly interested in original ideas that might have some relation to a real-world problem. 

Polis Silverstone Scholarship

The Polis Silverstone Scholarship is awarded to an international journalist or foreign student from a developing country currently enrolled in a post-graduate degree at the LSE and studying an aspect of global journalism. The recipient will be awarded a £5000 grant and will contribute to the work of Polis and publish a short paper based on their work.


The Silverstone scholarship was founded in the memory of the late Professor Roger Silverstone, Head of the Media and Communications Department at LSE and the moving spirit behind the creation of Polis. His last book 'Media and Morality: On The Rise Of The Mediapolis' is a call for a better understanding of the importance of global news. 

Polis Photography Competition

The Polis Photography Competition is a student competition established in 2013-2014 and open to all LSE Students.  A new theme is chosen for each competition and all entries are published by Polis. The winning photographers win special mentions and prizes. This term, the photographer of the winning entry will receive a £50 Waterstones book voucher and the two runner-ups will receive a £25 pound voucher each. Submit your photos on the theme of 'Communication' by Monday, May 5th 2014 to polis@lse.ac.uk|.

StockWell Communications/Polis Research Prize

StockWell Communications/Polis Research Prize

The StockWell Communications/Polis Research Prize is an annual student research prize awarded to a current LSE post-graduate student.  The prize, worth £1000, is awarded for the best research proposal of 500-1000 words. The successful candidate also has the opportunity to take up a paid internship with StockWell Communications, a strategic communications and reputation management firm, to develop their proposal into a final research paper.  The research paper will be jointly published by Polis and StockWell Communications.  



The student must submit a 500-1000 word proposal on the topic. The proposal should include:

― an outline of topic area;

― its relevance to the subject area; and

― a view as to the value of the research topic to the corporate world.


Format for submissions

All submissions should be made in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats.


The judging panel  will include Carolyn Esser, Senior Communications Officer, Europe, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Matthew Young, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Lloyds Banking Group; Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph; Professor Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, Head of Media & Communications Department, LSE; and Anthony Silverman, Partner, StockWell Communications.


Profiles of past prize-winners