Christians in Science

Essay competition

Student Essay Competition

Each year, CiS hosts an essay competition for students to enter, either individually, in pairs or as a group. Topics are suggested in the spring, entries are submitted over the summer and judged in early autumn.

The essay competition is designed to encourage promising young thinkers and writers to explore different science-faith topics. Thanks to our grant from the Templeton Religion Trust we are now able to offer larger prize incentives:

2020 Essay Competition

The Student Essay competion is open to undergraduate or postgraduate students. An essay of no more than 1000 words on one of the following titles:

  • Future challenges for Christians in the sciences
  • Can Science explain Religion? 
  • A Christian response to pandemics 
  • How can Science and Scripture inform ethics?

£500 First prize
£250 Second prize
£100 Third prize.

You have until MIDNIGHT on 30th August 2020 to send your entries to secretary@cis.org.uk. Time to get thinking!

The first prize will be announced at the 2020 Southern conference, and the essay will be published in the PreCiS.

ull details about the terms of theIf you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, we are looking for essays of no more than 1000 words on one of the following titles:You have until MIDNIGHT on 30th August 2019 to send your entries to secretary@cis.org.uk. Time to get thinking! competition should be read before entering, which are available here.

Past competitions

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (where applicable) essays from our Summer 2011-2019 competitions can be viewed below.  As well as having their essays published, as of 2016 our winners and runners-up also won a prize to the value of £500, £250 and £100 worth, respectively.