Harvard University Black Hole Initiative Essay Competition

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Harvard University Black Hole Initiative Essay Competition

The Black Hole Initiative (BHI) at Harvard University is delighted to announce the Black Hole Initiative Essay Competition. The Black Hole Initiative announces awards for original essays on the topic of Black Holes.

Scientists, researchers, students, and writers are invited to submit 1,500-word essays that explore the intersection of Astronomy, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and History, and successfully engage a non-expert audience.

A central mission of the BHI is to foster cross-disciplinary studies and communication of results in the rapidly growing are of Blackhole science.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The competition is open to all scientists, researchers, students, and writers
  • Researchers with active projects as well as science writers with cross-disciplinary perspectives are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate the competition, Essays should be sent as a single PDF file and include a cover page with the following information: Author name(s), author affiliation(s), contact email address(es), and essay abstract to Barbara Elfman (belfman@fas.harvard.edu)


  • Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words, written in English with a non-specialist audience in mind, and using accessible figures and equations only as necessary.
  • Work may describe research, but the intent is that the competition not duplicates the function of traditional academic journals.
  • Work that forges links across BHI disciplines through novel connections, explanations, or perspectives is encouraged, but not required.
  • Essays that focus on a particular topic within the broad field of black hole science will also be of interest.
  • A short abstract and list of references will not be counted towards the essay length.


  • The $10,000 First Prize will include the opportunity to publish the winning article in Nautilus, a leading online and print magazine that blends science, culture, and philosophy.
  • Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth place winners will be recognized with awards ranging from $2,000-$5,000. (Second Prize: $5,000, Third Prize: $4,000, Fourth Prize: $3,000, and Fifth Prize: $2,000)

Application Deadline:

The submission deadline is September 1, 2018.

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