BAICE Student Essay Prize 2021-2022

About this year’s prize

Each year BAICE runs an essay competition open to all postgraduate students. In previous years we have invited applications from those who have presented at either the BAICE or UKFIET conference. However, we recognise that the pandemic has had many unpredictable impacts on people’s work so we are opening it up to a wider cohort.

Therefore, BAICE invites all postgraduate students of international and comparative education (or a closely related discipline) to write and submit an original essay on the UKFIET conference theme:

Building Back Better in Education and Training? Reimagining, Reorienting and Redistributing.

Please see here for more detail about the theme.

Essays should be between 3000-5000 words (including references).

The competition deadline is midnight on 31st January 2022.

The total value of the prize money is £500. Usually this is awarded to a single winner.

Who can enter?

You must be a Masters, MPhil or doctoral student (full or part-time), or have completed your studies no more than six months before the competition deadline.

You must be a BAICE member at the time of submitting the essay (see here for how to become a member of BAICE).

No senior scholars or supervisors should have co-authored the essay: it should be the student’s own work.

We welcome co-authored essays providing all co-authors are eligible to enter as outlined above. The prize will be shared jointly between co-authors.

You do not have to be based at a UK institution, but essays must be submitted in English.

Application and assessment process

All entries must be submitted to ku.ca1670240194.ecia1670240194b@rec1670240194iffot1670240194roppu1670240194s1670240194 by midnight on 31st January 2022.

Each entry must include:

  1. Two copies of your essay:
    • A PDF version including a cover page with your name, department and institution and name of supervisor/s.
    • A Word version with no cover page and no identifying details (i.e. do not include your name, your supervisor’s name or institution). This is the version that will be sent to the panel. If there are identifying details on the Word version it will be returned to you and this may compromise your entry.
  2. A letter from your supervisor or an appropriate staff member in your department that attests to your student status (or confirms you completed your course within the last six months) and confirms that the essay is your own work. Please note that this is not a reference letter and the competition will be solely assessed on the merits of the essay.

Essays will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, criticality, methodological self-awareness, coherence of structure and argument, and attention to detail in respect of presentation and referencing.

We intend to announce the winning and shortlisted essays by the end of March 2022. Winning and shortlisted entries will be promoted across BAICE’s online and social media sites.

We will provide feedback on all essays but will not enter into further correspondence with applicants who have not been awarded a prize. The decision of the evaluation panel, endorsed by the BAICE Executive Committee, will be final.

Student Essay Prize Winners

Two students jointly win the 2020 Student Essay Prize (£250 each)

Name Essay Title
Bukola Oyinloye, Open University Reimagining the researcher-participant ethical relationship: towards a participant-centred values-based ethics approach in international and comparative education
Victoria Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science Why Policies Rise and Fall: A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Politics of the Policy Process of Escuela Nueva