This annual prize seeks to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC-funded PhD students and PhD students in MRC units, centres and institutes.
The Max Perutz Science Writing Award has been running since 1998 and is awarded annually by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC-funded PhD students and PhD students in MRC units, centres and institutes. It is named in memory of Dr Max Perutz, the eminent scientist and Nobel laureate who died in 2002.
Candidates are required to submit a short article of no longer than 1,100 words (including the title) on the question, ‘Why does my research matter?’. This should include a description of the research within the candidate’s PhD and why it matters. Research does not necessarily need to have been started, or it may be in its early stages.
Articles must be written in a way that will interest a non-scientific reader (i.e. a general audience). It must also be timely, so readers get the sense they are reading about an area of research that is important now. The article should be text only, with no diagrams or tables.
The scheme is open to:
- MRC-funded PhD students in universities
- PhD students in MRC units, centres and institutes, regardless of the source of the funding
- Students currently enrolled on the Master’s segment of an MRC-funded integrated masters or PhD
An award of £1,500 is made to the winner. In addition, the article will be published in The Observer. There will also be cash prizes for the runners up and all shortlisted entrants. Everyone who is shortlisted will also be invited to a science writing masterclass.
Entries must be submitted by the deadline of 21 June 2021 (17:00).