Bennett Public Policy Prize

The Bennett Public Policy Prize 2024 is awarded by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and supported by Prospect. It aims to showcase the thinking and ideas of early career policy professionals and researchers on some of the biggest 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.

This year’s question was: How can AI be implemented to improve public services?

Entry to the Bennett Public Policy Prize 2024 is now closed and the judging is now in process. The shortlisted entries will be announced on 28 February and the winner and two runners-up at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy Annual Conference.

Entries will be seen by a high-profile judging panel:

One winner receives:

Two runners-up each receive:

Seven shortlisted finalists each receive:

Entry process and submission date

Each year, 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 in their first five years, from any nationality and based anywhere in the world.


The following are NOT eligible:

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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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