Bennett Prospect Prize

The Bennett Prospect Prize for Public Policy is awarded by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and is held in partnership with Prospect magazine. It aims to showcase the thinking of early career policy professionals’ and researchers’ ideas on some of the big challenges of our turbulent times. The Bennett Institute is committed to bringing findings and insights generated by rigorous interdisciplinary research to the attention of a wide, policy-engaged audience.

Each year, early career policy professionals and academics are invited to answer a timely public policy question by submitting a short essay or film. Entries are seen by a high-profile judging panel including the co-directors of the Bennett Institute, and two other policy professionals/academics.

One winner receives:

Two runners-up receive:

Seven shortlisted finalists receive:

Entry process and submission date

We welcome entries in the form of a 2,500 word essay or a short film of no more than 10 minutes from any early career researcher or policy professional of any nationality, based anywhere worldwide as long as they can answer the question and meet the following eligibility criteria.


The following are NOT eligible:

2021/22 Question

What is a twenty-first century civil service for?

2020/21 Question

“Is it possible to govern well in the age of populism?

2019/20 Question

“Which single public health intervention would be most effective in the UK?”

2018/19 Question

“What kinds of policies will enable left behind places to catch-up?”

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