The British Sociological Association and Sociology of Religion Study Group have announced the 2012 Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize.

The British Sociological Association and Sociology of Religion Study Group have announced the 2012 Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize. (formerly ‘Taylor & Francis Postgraduate Essay Competition’)

The Study Group is pleased to announce the launch of its 2012 postgraduate essay competition, the aim of which is to encourage new scholars in the Sociology of Religion. Essays are welcome from postgraduates at all stages of their studies and on any aspect of contemporary religion grounded in a sociological perspective. The winning essay will receive £100. There will also be an opportunity to publish the winning entry in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, subject to the journal’s normal peer review processes.

The competition offers postgraduate students an excellent opportunity to work towards an early publication on their thesis topic, or a chance to explore another area of interest. The winner will be announced at the Study Group’s Annual Conference which will be held in 2012 at the University of Chester (28th – 30th March 2012)

The essay competition adds a further dimension to an active postgraduate community within the Study Group headed up by the Study Group’s Postgraduate Liaison Officer Matthew Francis. Details of postgraduate activities are available here.

Any postgraduate is eligible to take part in the competition, but entrants who are not members of the Study Group must apply for membership before submission (this is £15.00 per year for postgraduates). Click here for further information on membership. Membership of the Study Group is free to members of the British Sociological Association.

Details of Submission

Between 5000 and 7000 words, including footnotes but excluding bibliography

The essay must not be in print already, or submitted for publication elsewhere

Electronic submission to Giselle Vincett (, with cover sheet (click here to download).

The essay should be written in English

The essay must be submitted as a single MS Word document attachment, including bibliography and cover sheet.

Failure to incorporate the cover sheet will render disqualification

Include details of programme of study and contact details (postal and email).

The deadline for the 2012 competition is the 1st February 2012

For further information please contact Dr Giselle Vincett (

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