Recognition for the Advancement of Psychedelics

WIN £1000!


We would like to announce the opening of submissions for the next round of our highly prestigious Student Essay Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity for all postgraduate students studying within the field of psychedelics.

In recognition of the importance of those recognized by this award, we have increased its value in addition to a place on the 2021 Breaking Convention conference programme as an invited speaker, each of the six winners’ prizes has grown from £500 to £1,000!

There will be an award given for an original student essay or research report in the three categories of Social Science, Humanities and Science for both 2020 and 2021, making six awards in total.

The winning essay/reports will be submitted by a confirmed enrolled Masters or Doctoral student, relevant to psychedelics, and within the student’s field of study. Student essays submitted by the end of this year will be considered for the 2020 award, and those submitted from 1st January 2021 to April 1st 2021 will be considered for the 2021 award. Get your pens to paper!

Submissions will only be considered if they are within the word limit of 3,000–4,000 words (excluding bibliography) and sent as an attachment in RTF (use 'save as' instead of 'save' in your word processor). Entries must be sent using the naming convention of SEAYearCategorySurname.rtf (e.g. SEA2020SocialScienceAdams.rtf).

We welcome entrants from all countries! This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed!

Please use the submission form on our participate page to enter.

Recent Winners


Humanities Winner: Michael Albert: Psychopharmacology in an Age of Planetary Crisis: What Role for Psychedelics?  |  PDF

Social Science Winner: Joseph Mays: Cosmology and Visionary Plants in Biocultural Conservation: Exploring the role of religious cosmology influenced by visionary plants in human-environment relationships in non-Western societies  |  PDF

Science Winner: Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner: Ayahuasca’s ‘afterglow’: Improved mindfulness and cognitive flexibility in naïve and experienced ayahuasca drinkers  |  PDF


Humanities Winner: Sab Xew: A new focus for transhumanism: Psychedelics as affective technology to resist affective capitalism  |  PDF

Social Science Winner: Adam Knowles: Making sense of ayahuasca experiences of those in the UK: an interpretative phenomenological analysis  |  PDF

Science Winner: Nir Tadmor: Towards a Transpersonal Psychiatry  |  PDF