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The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography Terms and Conditions

These terms were updated as of 27 September 2017

1. To be eligible to enter you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 or over as at 20 January 2018;
  • be a UK resident;
  • be a postgraduate student, teacher or researcher working in a UK institute of higher education; and
  • not be a BBC employee, or any person involved with the award or their close relatives.

2. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. The BBC’s decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

3. Entrants must submit by way of email to a summary outlining the nature of an ethnography undertaken and published by the entrant. Please include the name of your paper in the 'Subject' category of your email. The summary should not be longer than 250 words. The ethnography must consist of a qualitative research project which provides a detailed, in-depth description of the everyday life and practice of a group, people or culture and been included in a peer-reviewed paper or in a book published in 2017. All entries and research must be in English.

4. The email entry must include the following information and contact detail for the entrant: full name, postal address, institution of higher education, email address and contact telephone number.

5. If you are submitting a book (which must be published during this year) one copy should be posted to: Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award, room 6045 Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA. Further copies may be requested at a later date. If it is a paper, it can be attached to your email, provided it is no more than 10MB. If you receive no automatic email confirmation your paper is too large and you will need to send it by post.

6. All entries must include the: (i) summary (by email); (ii) the contact details (by email) and (ii) hard copy/electronic copy (if under 10MB) of the ethnography.

7. Only one entry will be allowed per person.

8. Entries cannot be submitted by any other method or they will not be considered.

9. All entries must be sole authored.

10. A panel of 4 highly experienced academics will select six finalists. These may be contacted by the Production Team for an interview. From the finalists, the panel will select an overall winner. The selection criteria will be based on the work which displays flair and originality, and which makes a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research. Each entry will be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed, in-depth, description of the everyday life and practice of a group, people, or culture. Judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. It should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research.

11. The prize will consist of £1,000. The judges' decision will be final and the BBC will not enter into correspondence with the applicants. In the event of two outstanding entries, the prize of £1000 will be shared.

12. The finalists will be contacted by telephone in spring of 2018 and the winner announced in April 2018. If a selected entrant cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.

13. The winner should refrain from referring to the award in order to promote commercial ventures. All references must be compliant with BBC branding policies.

14. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the scheme. Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy.

15. Closing date for entries is 23:59 on January 20 2018. All entries which are received after that will not be considered.

16. The BBC cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the internet or electronic mail system.

17. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

18. Entrants retain the copyright in their original ideas but on being selected will grant to the BBC a licence to broadcast their entry (or parts thereof) across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms on standard prevailing BBC terms (as agreed with the Writer’s Guild, Society of Authors and Personal Managers Association).

19. By applying for the award, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the scheme and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

20. The names of the all selected entrants and any entrant whose entry is broadcast or used on-line will be made public. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-event publicity if required.

21. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these terms and conditions.

22. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or alter the award (including amending these terms and conditions) at any stage, including members of the judging panel if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website:

23. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.