MRC announces applications open for Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2021

19 May 2021

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced that applications are open for their Max Perutz Science Writing Award.

The award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication by MRC PhD students. It challenges students to explain why their research matters in 1,100-words for a non-scientific audience.

The award is in partnership with The Observer and the winner will have their article published in the paper and win a cash prize of £1,500. There will also be cash prizes for the runners up and all those shortlisted.

Students are eligible to submit one article if they are:

  • MRC-funded PhD students in universities
  • PhD students in MRC units, centres, and institutes, regardless of source of funding
  • students currently enrolled on the masters’ segment of an MRC-funded integrated masters or PhD.

Dr Max Perutz was a molecular biologist, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew, for their studies of the structures of haemoglobin and myoglobin.  At Cambridge he founded and chaired the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology from 1962-1979.

Further details on how to apply are provided here. The closing date is 21st June 2021 5pm GMT.

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