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Festival of Doctoral Research

Portray your research via an image and win a prize at our festival.


Thursday 8 July 2021


A single image which should inform, engage and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current doctoral research. If your image is shortlisted it will be displayed online at the University of Portsmouth Festival of Doctoral Research on 8 July 2021, and featured in the Festival booklet.

Guidelines- what we need from you

Please submit your application to by 12:00pm Friday 2 July. 

This must include:

  • Images must be generated as a result of research carried out during your doctoral studies.
  • Each student can submit one original image which can be a drawing, Photoshop image, photograph, or graphic design collage. Please see our 2019 entrants for inspiration [link].
  • Each image must be accompanied by a research abstract of no more than 250 words, that explains what your image shows and how it relates to your research. The abstract must be accessible to a non-specialist academic audience.
  • Please send your images as JPEG files, maximum size 8MB.
  • Please note that shortlisted entries will be displayed in the Third space, Student Union (upstairs) on the 8th of July, and included in the booklet.
  • All entries will be viewable online after the competition closing date.

Who can apply?

All current doctoral research students, including those undertaking professional doctorates, who have not graduated before 1 June 2021.


Please submit your application to by 12:00 on Wednesday 16 June.

This must include:

  • Your research image
  • Your name, student number, faculty and department/school
  • Your thesis title
  • 250 word abstract to support your image
  • Contact email address
  • Completed consent form

Judging criteria

  • How engaging and powerful is the image?
  • Does the image embody the research?
  • How clear is the abstract to a non-specialist audience?


First place £100

Second place £50


The competition will be judged by public vote on the day.

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