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Applications Invited | IEEE UK and Ireland PES Chapter Best PhD Thesis Competition Award 2024 – Deadline Extended

IEEE UK and Ireland Chapter invites video submissions for the PhD Thesis Competition Award. The goal of this competition is to showcase PhD projects to the entire power and energy community – both in academia and industry. The PhD Thesis video should up to 10 minutes long.


  • All PhD thesis in the UK and Ireland with final submission date on or after 01 September 2022 are eligible.
  • The applicant must be an IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Member.
  • In order to be eligible, the applicant should give consent that the video may be published by UK and Ireland PES Chapter, and assure that the video does not contain otherwise copyrighted or confidential material.
  • The topic of the PhD thesis should be aligned within the power and energy subjects.

Schedule & Important Dates

  • Open Submission: 01 February 2024
  • Deadline to Apply: 31 May 2024
  • Judging Phase: 01 – 30 June 2024
  • Winner Notified: 01 July 2024

Submission Guidelines

The applicant will provide a link to the video during the submission process along with an endorsement letter from his/her thesis supervisor explaining the contributions achieved with the research and a link to the thesis if it is available.

The video should summarise the PhD research. The length of the video should not exceed 10 minutes (strict rule).

The submission requires the following information: 

  • Name (contact info)
  • University
  • IEEE Membership Number
  • Thesis Title
  • Brief abstract (< 200 words)
  • Keywords (3-5)
  • Selection of related Technical Committees (TCs)
  • Endorsement letter from supervisor

All submissions must be in English.

The full Thesis document may be requested if the panel requires further assessment.

Judging Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three judges from across the UK and Ireland Section to score and rank the video submissions. Reviewers will be asked to score the video submissions according to the judging rubric given below.

The winner will be identified based on the total score comprised of the following four aspects with their respective category weights:

  • Problem definition (20%)
  • Design methodology (20%)
  • Achieved outcomes (20%)
  • Quality of video and presentation (40%)

Notes: Please try to highlight the research content and contribution, instead of the received awards/achievements. English accent will not influence the scores as long as the voice in the video can be clearly understood.

Presentation of Awards

A plaque will be awarded to the winner plus travel expenses to the UK & Ireland PES Chapter AGM in December 2024.

Video Guidelines

  • Prepare a video that highlights your PhD thesis and its contribution. The length of the video should NOT exceed 10 minutes. It is suggested that the video should begin with a “title page” that includes the title of the video/thesis, the name of the applicant (the PhD student / graduate), the advisor’s name, and the university/affiliation.
  • The video should be a live recording where the presenter appears on the screen most of the time and uses displays to explain the main points of his/her research. Only voice over power point video presentations is NOT recommended. An interactive presentation is HIGHLY recommended.
  • All entries must be submitted in English.
  • The video resolution should be high, along with high quality audio.
  • The video must uploaded  onto online platforms (e.g. YouTube) and the link to be submitted.
  • Use of copyrighted materials must be avoided. Proper citations/references to the materials should be included, including your own publications. It is the applicants’ responsibility to resolve any copyright issues before submission.

Intellectual Property

Describe your thesis without disclosing confidential information. Necessary permission from the sponsor should be obtained in case of the sponsored research project.


All nominations must be submitted before noon on 31st May 2024 (BST).