Essay Competition

Support for Growth in Applied Economics in Scotland

You are invited to write an essay on an Economics topic related to COVID-19.  Here are some suggestions of the types of questions that you may wish to consider:

  • Is a basic income a viable option for a post COVID-19 economy?
  • Will COVID-19 accelerate or decelerate the transition to a low carbon economy?
  • Has globalisation helped or hindered the response to the pandemic?

The essay competition is open to all students registered at a Scottish University studying Economics or a related subject.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a prize of £1000 with £750 for second, £500 for third and £250 for fourth prize.

The closing date for submission is 3 July 2020.

Good luck!

Rules, Terms & Conditions of Entry

  • The Competition is open to all students registered at a Scottish University studying Economics or a related subject.
  • Essays must be under 1,500 words in length.
  • The submitted essay must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

The entry process

  • In order to enter the Competition, all entrants shall complete an online application form. Only online applications will be accepted.
  • Entries must be submitted by 3 July 2020, essays submitted after this date will not be accepted.
  • Authors must only enter the competition as individuals and not as part of a team, and no more than one essay per individual shall be submitted.
  • By entering the Competition, entrants agree that their essay may be published on the on the Economic Futures webpage and in the Fraser of Allander Institute’s Economic Commentary.

The Selection Process

  • The judges shall be appointed by Economic Futures;
  • The judging criteria will include: identification of key issues; radical and practical ideas for action; evidence, style of writing & clarity of argument;
  • The Judges’ decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • All works will be judged anonymously;
  • Winning entrants will be contacted by email by the end of July.


The prizes are as follows:

  • First       £1,000
  • Second  £750
  • Third      £500
  • Fourth  £250

Data protection and privacy

  • In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (and all other relevant Data Protection legislation), Economic Futures will hold the personal data of entrants supplied on the application form securely.
  • The data will only be used in the process of administering the competition and will not be transferred to any third party not directly involved.

Copyright and ownership

  • Each writer, by entering the competition, confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights to the essay as its sole author;
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that their entry does not infringe the copyright of others; any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.

Access and inclusivity (to discuss)

  • If you have a learning or physical disability and require any support with regards to your entry, please send us an email at, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Agreement to the conditions of entry

  • By entering the Economic Futures Essay Competition, you are agreeing to all of the conditions set out within these Rules, Terms and Conditions of Entry;
  • Economic Futures decision on all matters pertaining to the above is final and we reserve the right, at any time, and from time to time to amend, modify, vary, or discontinue the terms of this Competition.

How to Apply

The application form can be found on this page. Simply

  • complete the application form
  • upload a copy of your essay


Submit Your Essay