Postgraduate Paper Competition

22 Mar 2023

The Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) hosts an annual competition for outstanding papers written by postgraduate students.

Submissions may take multiple forms (e.g. conceptual papers, original empirical research, methods pieces, research/policy briefings, a portfolio of impact evidence), and we welcome submissions in any field of energy geographies.

Three £50 prizes will be awarded across the following areas of excellence:

  1. Research Design & Methods;
  2. Conceptual Contribution;
  3. Impact, Co-creation and Engagement.

Deadline for submission: 5pm GMT Friday, 26th May 2023

Eligibility requirements:

  • All currently enrolled postgraduate students at any institution across the world are eligible to submit a paper (applicants do not need to be members of the RGS-IBG);

  • Submissions must be in English and 5,000 words or less (references, tables and figures are not included in the word count);

  • For the Research Design & Methods and Conceptual Contribution awards submissions should comprise one piece of writing of up to 5,000 words;

  • For the Impact, Co-creation and Engagement award submissions can comprise one or more outputs which form a portfolio of impact, co-creation and engagement. If you are submitting a portfolio, please include a short statement of how the portfolio ties together and demonstrates excellence in the category but the total submission should be 5,000 words or less.

  • Examples of eligible submissions include, but are not limited to, journal articles in development or already published, chapters, policy papers, conference submissions, blogs/social media outputs and public outreach documents. Other outputs that may form part of an impact portfolio include, but are not limited to, co-produced reports, creative pieces, and statements of impact from collaborative partners. If your overall piece is longer than the word limit, please select sections (up to 5,000 words total) that you would like to have considered;

  • Multi-authored papers will be accepted, but if writing with senior colleagues the student must have led a significant proportion of the writing. If the PGR is not the lead author please make clear in the justification statement which sections the student led. Co-authored submissions from multiple students are admissible but, if awarded, the winners would need to share the cash prize equally;

  • Applicants can only be considered for one award category per year.

Submission process

Please submit your paper via email to the EnGRG Awards Officers, Helena Hastie ( and Jess Britton ( In your email please include:

  • A copy of the documents(s) you are submitting, ideally as a Word (.doc) document.

  • A completed application form – available here.

  • If your submission is over 5,000 words the application form should clearly state which sections, up to 5,000 words, you would like the judges to consider.

For further details see here or email the EnGRG Awards Officers, Helena Hastie ( and Jess Britton ( EnGRG Awards Coordinators.