CFP: Peacocke Student Essay Prize 2024 (Science and Religion)

Submission deadline: October 18, 2024

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In memory of its founding President and former Chairman, the Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, the Science and Religion Forum offers an annual essay prize. The student essay can address any issue at the intersection of science and religion and does not need to relate to the conference theme, although students are welcome to address the conference them should they wish. In 2024 the conference theme is Key topics from Arthur Peacocke's work.

For full details and online submission please see the website.

The 2024 Peacocke Prize is open from 1st April to 18th October 2024. Entrants must be registered as students (in school or university) at the time of submission OR have been registered in the previous 4 months.

  • i.e. Third year undergraduates completing studies at the end of the 23-24 academic year can submit in the UG category up to 18th October 2024. Likewise post-16 students transitioning to university in September 2024 can submit in the VI Form category up to 18th October 2024.

The Peacocke Prize Winner

The Peacocke Prize is usually run annually with the prize judged by a review panel. The Prize includes: 

  • A cash award of £250

  • Free membership of the Forum for one year.

  • UK travel and accommodation costs to the Forum’s annual conference to present their winning essay in full (subject to panel decision).*

    • *As the 2024 series is online the winner will be presented with their prize during the November Conference (27th-28th) and receive an accommodation bursary for the 2025 conference.

  • Publication of the essay as part of the conference “Special Section” in Zygon (subject to essay quality and continuing collaboration with Zygon or another journal or appropriate standing).

Highly Commended Essays

Subject to the decision of the panel a number of further essays may be commended. Commended essays will receive:

  • (Unfunded) Opportunity to present their work in the “New Voices” section of the annual conference.

  • Opportunity for the essay to be published in the Forum’s journal Reviews in Science and Religion (subject to panel decision).

How to Enter

  • Essay entries can either be written or a recorded presentation.

    • VI Form/Post-16 entries should be 1,500-3,000 words (or a 15-30min recorded presentation)

    • Undergraduate and postgraduate entries should be 3,000-5,000 words (or 30-50min recorded presentation)

    • All entries should include an abstract of 150-200 words (this is excluded from the word count)

    • All entries should include full references/bibliography (there is no preferred referencing style). References are excluded from the word count. 

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