IFTR/FIRT runs two annual essay competitions known as New Scholars’ Prize and Helsinki Prize. There is no set theme for these competitions; rather, candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research. To apply for either the New Scholars’ Prize or the Helsinki Prize, applicants must be classified as a new scholar by the Federation. A New Scholar is defined as a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher whose PhD has been completed less than three years ago, or a researcher without a PhD who has been in an academic post for less than three years. Membership of IFTR/FIRT is not necessary to enter the competition, but prize winners will need to join the Federation to attend the conference or receive mentoring.
Application deadline: 1 December 2012.
Entries for the New Scholars’ and Helsinki Prizes must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be downloaded from the IFTR Prizes webpage (http://www.firt-iftr.org/prizes). Send entries and supporting documents electronically, preferably in Word format, to the Chair of the Prizes’ Committee, Dr. Kene Igweonu at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK Submission email: firstname.lastname@example.org Results of the both competitions will be announced in January 2013, and all applicants will be notified. The prize is designed to facilitate attendance and participation at the conference. The prize-winners are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and will be reimbursed (via a bank account) upon submission of receipts at the conference.