The Holdstock-Piachaud Student Essay Prize 2022

About the prize

The Holdstock-Piachaud Essay Prize was set up to encourage students to explore the themes covered by the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival, in memory of Douglas Holdstock and Jack Piachaud who were for many years inspirational editors of the Journal.

We are keen to receive essays that explore insights, concerns and original perspectives on issues relevant to the aims of the journal, from students who will be shaping the future. We encourage you to base your argument on relevant literature and to develop it drawing on your own experience and reflections.

The Holdstock-Piachaud Prize is made possible through the generosity of the Lionel Penrose Trust.

Read this blog post with previous winners’ reflections.

Medicine, Conflict and Survival is an international journal for all those interested in the health aspects of violence and human rights. Founded in 1985 it is a designated journal of IPPNW and Medact. Published quarterly by Taylor and Francis/Routledge, the Journal plays an important role in debates around health, peace and violence.

To get an application form and for answers to any queries, contact: [email protected]


Winning entries may be selected by the editors for publication in MCS.

First prize of £500

Three second prizes of £300 each

Winners will also receive a year’s subscription to MCS.

Competition details

Closing date: 17.00 on 28 February 2023.

Open to all students, including those completing their studies in 2022.

Word limit: 2500

Essays should be submitted in Word.

Essays should be fully referenced, using the Chicago Author-Date system.

Entries must not have been previously published elsewhere.

Entries are judged by members of the MCS editorial board and the Medact board.

Titles for the 2023 Holdstock-Piachaud student essay prize


What are the roles for health professionals in addressing the rising threat of the use of nuclear weapons?


How effective have health and humanitarian actors been in their responses to the war in Ukraine? What more could be done? 


How can healthcare systems become more resilient to the impacts of climate change? 


What are the obstacles to effective international cooperation to reduce the global burden of NCDs? How can they be overcome?

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