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Thesis Prize 

This annual prize celebrates Durham's interdisciplinary postgraduate students. The prize focusses on students who have applied creativity and initiative to their research, particularly those who have driven the research far beyond expectations.

The assessment takes into account the excellence of the science included in the nominee's thesis as well as their development as a research with the skills and breadth of knowledge needed for interdisciplinary research. 


Nominees for 2022 must submit their thesis at Durham University between June 2022 and June 2023. 

A large portion of the nominee's research must be cross-disciplinary at the boundaries between the life sciences and other physical sciences including mathematical sciences and engineering. 

The prize consists of a £500 payment and prize certificate. The presentation of the prize will be made at the BSI's  Annual Summer Showcase. 

Making a nomination

To make a nomination please send the following to 

  1. Thesis abstract
  2. Letter of support (maximum of one page of A4)
  3. Minimum of two expert reports from outside the supervisory team (e.g. examiner's report) 
  4. List of publications and presentations associated with the nominee's thesis 
  5. Nominee's CV 

Evaluation of nominations will look for

1. Outstanding performance of the student and their development as a researcher 
2. Impact on the field as evidenced by the nomination materials 
3. Quality of the cross-disciplinary aspect of the research: was the approach relevant and well-considered. 

Please contact  for full details on criteria and application requirements. 

Closing date: 27 May 2023