Vera Anstey Essay 2022-23


'She was very good at games and very good in the social life of the School. What she saw in that fool Anstey I never could make out. She could buy and sell him & live by the profit in two seconds.'

~ Lilian Knowles, Professor of Economic History, to Director Professor William Beveridge, recommending Vera’s hire at LSE, in 1921.


TOPIC: What could 'Decolonisation' mean for contemporary South Asia?

DEADLINE: 31 March 2023, 1700 hrs


The competition is open to ALL registered, full-time LSE Masters students in any course/department (including MRes, One-year Executive Masters & Joint-Masters). You do not have to be studying South Asia-related courses/modules to enter this essay competition.

Please ensure that your essay is on the topic mentioned above; please do not submit your coursework essay for this competition.     


  • Essays should be an original piece of writing, and not something that you have submitted as coursework or published elsewhere on any other platform.
  • Essays should be between 800-1,200 words, and should be written in English.

Send your essay to Deputy Director Dr Nilanjan Sarkar at with a covering sheet mentioning your name, course and LSE Student ID number. 

Please do not mention your name anywhere in the essay. 


  • Waterstones Book Vouchers for £250.
  • Publication of winning essay in the ‘South Asia @ LSE’ blog.