Student Essay Competition

The 2021 Student Essay Competition is now OPEN!

1st Prize – £500,   2nd Prize – £250,   3rd Prize – £100

Your essay must be no more than 1000 words and should be written under one of the following titles:

  • How can science-engaged theology help the Church in its mission?
  • Science-engaged ethics and Scripture: Can science inform Christian attitudes to sexuality?
  • Doubts and depression: Does faith help or hinder coping with mental illness?
  • Is there a ghost in the machine? Can artificial intelligence ever be personal?

Entry must be submitted to the Secretary ([email protected]) by midnight on the 30th August 2021

For further information and full guidance click here or email [email protected]

Previous Winners

Each year, CiS hosts an essay competition for students to enter, either individually, in pairs or as a group. Topics are provided, 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.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (where applicable) essays from our Summer 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.

Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in the following essays are those of the student author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CiS or any of its officers or members.