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Festival of Doctoral Research

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

Research Image Competition

A single image which should inform, engage and intrigue a non-specialist academic audience and offer a visual perspective on current postgraduate research. If your image is shortlisted it will be displayed in-person and online at the University of Portsmouth Festival of Doctoral Research on 7 July 2022.


Thursday 7 July 2022.


We will showcase your image online, and also display it on the 7 July 2022 in Eldon Building, Room 1.08.

Guidelines - what we need from you

This must include:

  • Your image 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, photograph, or graphic. Please see our 2021 entrants for inspiration.
  • Your 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 submit your image as a .jpeg or .png file.
  • Please note that shortlisted entries will be displayed in Eldon Building, Room 1.08 on Thursday 7 July 2022.
  • All successful entries will be viewable online after the competition closing date.

Who can apply?

All current doctoral and MRes research students, including those undertaking professional doctorates, who have not graduated before 1 June 2022.


To apply, please complete the application form by 12.00pm on Friday 17 June. You will need to include the following:

  • Your research image.
  • Your thesis title.
  • 250 word abstract to support your image.
  • Completed consent form.

Successful entrants will be notified two weeks before the event.

Submit your research image application

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?


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


First place £100

Second place £50