BAICE Student Writing awards are designed to encourage students in the field of international and comparative education to showcase their work. Applicants submit a blog-length article on an issue relating to the theme of the BAICE or UKFIET conference the previous year. The panel will select a number of blog length articles to be featured on the BAICE website. The award also supports the winning applicant to develop the blog into a full-length article to submit to the Compare Journal.

The Student Writing award is worth £500. If multiple winners are selected, the prize money will be split between the winners. There is one competition each year. All submissions assessed to be publishable will feature on the BAICE Blog. The author/s of the winning submission will be provided with support from an experienced academic with expertise in a relevant area to develop the blog into a journal-length article for submission to Compare.


As this is an award, not a grant, the prize money is for the winning student to spend as they choose. If a co-authored blog is selected as the winning entry, the £500 prize money will be divided equally between the co-authors.

Applicants must be enrolled in a postgraduate programme in a field with direct relevance to BAICE. They can be based at any academic institution in any country. Submissions can be co-authored as long as all named authors meet the eligibility criteria. 

Each application is initially checked for eligibility by the BAICE administrator. Eligible applications are assessed by the grant panel for this award, which consists of three members of the BAICE Executive Committee. Proposals recommended for funding are submitted to the BAICE Trustees for consideration and approval. Applications are assessed against four criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference and award theme
  • Originality and potential contribution to knowledge
  • Clarity and coherence of argument
  • Potential to develop into an academic article

You will need to submit a blog article (up to 1200 words) and a short explanation of how you anticipate developing the blog into an academic article (up to 400 words). You must also include a letter of support from your supervisor confirming your eligibility for the award. This letter must confirm your enrolment status (please note, this is not a reference letter and will not be considered in the assessment process beyond the eligibility check). If the blog is co-authored, confirmation of student-status must be provided for all authors. There is one award round per year, with a deadline of 31st January. Please send your application to ku.ca1695309639.ecia1695309639b@stn1695309639arg1695309639 with BAICE Student Writing Award in the subject heading. We aim to let applicants know the outcome of their application within eight weeks.

BAICE aims to provide constructive feedback to all applicants, whatever the outcome of their application.

The BAICE Student Writing award prize money is transferred directly into the bank account/s of the winning student/s.

The name/s and affiliation/s of BAICE award winners will be shared on BAICE’s website and social media channels.

Support for the winning application will be negotiated but will approximate two online meetings of up to one hour each, and reading and review of a maximum of three drafts of the article. The article submitted to Compare will be reviewed according to normal journal processes: winning the award does not guarantee that the article will be published.

It is expected that BAICE will be acknowledged as the funder in any outputs resulting from the award (including posts on social media).

If you have any questions about this grant, please contact ku.ca1695309639.ecia1695309639b@stn1695309639arg1695309639, with BAICE Student Writing award query in the subject heading.