Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize

Dating back to 1874, the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize reflects and reinforces the Institute's status as a uniquely placed platform for free thinking debate. 


Dating back to 1874, the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize reflects and reinforces the Institute's status as a uniquely placed platform for free thinking debate on defence and security. 

Awards are made on the basis of originality, logical argument, sound analysis, style, clarity and conciseness. 

The competition is open to authors of any nationality but must be written in English. and entries are welcome from - but not exclusive to - members of the Armed Forces of nations. One or more prizes within a total of £2,000 will be awarded. 

Entry rules 

The rules and requirements for the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize are as follows: 

  • Authors may be of any nationality but must present their work in English. They need not be members of RUSI. 
  • Work originating in academic organisations such as universities and military staff colleges is eligible. 
  • Prizes will not generally be awarded to the same author in successive years. 
  • Essays should not be more than 4,000 words in length excluding footnotes but will not be penalised if they are briefer. 
  • Essays must be type-written and double spaced. The author's name should not be included on the essay. (The author's name will not be made available to the judges until after the judging). 

 

For further information please contact the Competition Manager, Michael Codner, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI, at michaelc@rusi.org 

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Previous years' prizes


See the winners from previous years.

Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2020
Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2019
Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2018