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Festival of Doctoral Research

Submit your research poster into our Festival of Doctoral Research competition to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Research Poster Competition

We are inviting all current postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to submit a poster for the upcoming Festival of Doctoral Research on Thursday 7 July, 2022. We will be shortlisting posters for presentation at the in-person event and in our online gallery.


Thursday 7 July 2022.


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

Guidelines - what we need from you

  • An A1 poster in either portrait or landscape format.
  • Your entry must be electronic and submitted as a PowerPoint slide or PDF. If you are also able to provide us with an existing physical copy please bring it to the Graduate School by 17 June 2022.
  • Your poster should summarise your research to non-subject specialists. 
  • Your poster should include your name, UoP logo, Faculty and the title of your research. 
  • Provided that a non-subject specialist could easily understand it, you are welcome to submit a poster you have presented at your faculty research conference or at another internal or external conference.
  • Those whose posters are shortlisted will have their poster displayed in Eldon Building, Room 1.08 on Thursday 7 July 2022, and online.
  • You will not be expected to prepare an oral presentation to accompany your poster.

You may find design inspiration via the following sources:

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 poster
  • Your thesis title
  • Completed consent form

Successful entrants will be notified two weeks before the event.

Submit your research poster application

Judging criteria

The short-listing process will be based on three criteria, which are equally weighted:

  • Poster design – composition and use of space to set out the research.
  • Words and visuals – how well do they complement each other?
  • Communication – the success of the poster to communicate to a non-subject specialist.


The panel will comprise professors from across the University.


First prize £100

Second prize £50