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The Energy Geographies PGR Paper Prize: Announcing our new award

March 9 2022


In the 2021-2022 academic year, The Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) is pleased to announce a new award competition for outstanding papers written by postgraduate students. This year the research group will award three paper prizes from submissions received (including a cash award of £50 each).

Papers may take multiple forms (e.g. conceptual papers, original empirical research, methods pieces), and we welcome submissions in any field of energy geographies.

Each of the prizes will recognize a distinct area of excellence:

  1. Outstanding Research Design & Methods;

  2. Outstanding Conceptual Contribution; and

  3. Outstanding Impact & Engagement.


Deadline for submission:

5pm GMT Tuesday, 31st May 2022

(winners will be announced in August 2022)


Eligibility requirements

  • All currently enrolled postgraduate students at any institution across the world are eligible to submit a paper (applicants do not need to be members of the RGS-IBG);

  • Submissions must be in English and between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length (references, tables and figures are not included in the word count);

  • Examples of eligible submissions include, but are not limited to, journal articles in development or already published, chapters, policy papers and conference submissions. If your overall piece is longer than the word limit, please select sections (up to 5,000 words total) that you would like to have considered;

  • Multi-authored papers will be accepted, but if writing with senior colleagues the student must have led a significant proportion of the writing. If the PGR is not the lead author please make clear in the justification statement which sections the student led. Co-authored submissions from multiple students are admissible but, if awarded, the winners would need to share the cash prize equally;

  • Applicants can only be considered for one award category and may only submit one piece of work.


Submission process

Please submit your paper via email to the EnGRG Awards Officers, Sarah Knuth ( and Jess Britton (

In your email please include:

  • A copy of the paper you are submitting, ideally as a Word (.doc) document.

  • A completed application form, detailing which of the three award categories you wish to be considered for: a) Outstanding Research Design & Methods; b) Outstanding Conceptual Contribution; or c) Outstanding Impact & Engagement), and a statement of up to 150 words indicating why you feel your submission should be considered for that category of award. If you are not the lead author please provide justification for being considered, including indicating specifically which sections of the paper you led.

  • If your submission is over 5,000 words the application form should clearly state which sections, up to 5,000 words, you would like the judges to consider.


Judging and criteria

Submissions will be assessed by a panel of judges drawn from the membership of the Energy Geographies Research Group Committee. Submissions will be assessed against the award subcategory identified by the applicant(s): 1) Outstanding Research Design & Methods; 2) Outstanding Conceptual Contribution; or 3) Outstanding Impact & Engagement. Further assessment criteria used for all submissions will include the strength of the submission’s formulation and argument, knowledge demonstrated, structure and written execution.



To receive a cash prize of £50, winners must nominate a bank account that accepts UK bank transfers. In addition to the cash prize, the Energy Geographies Research Group will work with the winners to promote their work through a blog post and/or video interview which will be promoted across and beyond the RGS-IBG network. Winners of the 2022 awards will also be invited to join the judging panel for the following year’s awards.


About the EnGRG

The Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG) is a volunteer-led organisation that supports research and teaching on the spatial dimensions of energy issues. We are a research group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).



For questions, please contact the EnGRG Awards Officers, Sarah Knuth ( or Jess Britton (