The Darwin Correnspondence Project: Best Student Essay


The Darwin Correspondence Project will award a prize of £1000 for the best student essay on a specific topic in the field of science and religion. The prize essay will be published on the Darwin Correspondence Project’s website. Funding for the award has been provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

Students from any discipline and at any stage of education may enter.

The essay should use materials from the Darwin correspondence, but need not be based exclusively on such materials. Essays that engage closely with the letters, and that connect the nineteenth-century debates about science and religion with current debates and concerns, are encouraged.

Students are advised to use the Darwin and religion section of the website, which contains lists of correspondence on particular subjects, other historical materials, and modern commentaries. Students can also search the online database for other relevant letters.

Submission details

The essay must be written in English and must be between 4000 and 8000 words long.

Essays should be submitted via email to Dr Paul White ( as an attachment in Word, OpenOffice, RTF or
plain-text format.

The author’s name should not appear on the essay, but should be provided on a separate title page, together with contact details, and the name of the institution and programme in which the author is a student.

The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2008.

The decision will be announced in July 2008.

Any questions about the prize may be addressed to Dr Paul White (

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