2022 Student Essay Prizes

We will award prizes to promising pieces of research with relevance to AI governance. Eligible submissions include undergraduate and master’s theses, journal articles, and essays.

There are two prize categories, for research produced by undergraduate and graduate students respectively. Winners of the Undergraduate Essay Prize will receive £5,000 while winners of the Graduate Essay Prize will receive £15,000. We also might award commendation prizes of £1,000 and £3,000 respectively.

All essay prize winners will be eligible for mentoring. Their winning submissions will also be displayed on the GovAI website.

The deadline for submissions is 2nd October 23:59 BST.

Student Essay Prizes

We will award prizes to promising pieces of research with relevance to AI governance. See our research agenda for a non-comprehensive overview of relevant research areas. Eligible submissions include undergraduate and master’s theses, journal articles, and essays.

There are two prize categories, for research produced by undergraduate and graduate students respectively. We will select up to two winners for each prize. In addition, we might award commendation prizes in each category.  

  • Winners of the Undergraduate Essay Prize will receive £5,000, while undergraduate winners of commendation prizes will receive £1,000.
  • Winners of the Graduate Essay Prize will receive £15,000, while graduate winners of commendation prizes will receive £3,000.

All essay prize winners will be eligible for mentoring. Their winning submissions will also be displayed on the GovAI website.

Application Process and Timeline

Applications for the 2022 essay prizes are now open. You can enter your submission here. The deadline for submission is 23:59 BST on the 2nd October 2022. Following the deadline, we aim to announce the winning entries within six weeks. In the event that no submission is judged to be of sufficient quality, we reserve the right to award no prizes

We will select the winning submissions according to the following three criteria:

  • Originality and significance of work;
  • Robustness of research and findings; and
  • Writing quality and style.

Eligibility

Any person who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme, or who was enrolled in such a programme at any point in 2022, and who is not associated with GovAI* is eligible to enter a submission. Eligible for the prize are any (published or unpublished) papers or working papers written between September 2021 and September 2022**, study theses written for the academic year 2021/22, and submissions specifically written for the purpose of this prize. Submissions need to be in English and should not exceed 50 pages. Shorter submissions are strongly preferred. Submissions that exceed 50 pages in length should be abridged to satisfy the page limit, perhaps with a short description of what has been removed.

Any submission by a person currently enrolled in an undergraduate programme, or who was enrolled in an undergraduate programme at any point in 2022 but no longer is enrolled in any study programme, will be entered into the undergraduate prize. All other submissions will be entered into the graduate prize.

Please feel free to reach out to contact@governance.ai if you have any questions about the Essay Prize.

*People are associated with GovAI if they are salaried staff, listed on our affiliates page, or have been part of our 2022 Winter or Summer Fellowship.

**For papers published in journals, the relevant date is when the paper was first published online (rather than a potential later ‘in-print’ date).


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