Bridge India launches UK-wide Policy Research student competition with LSE

LONDON, 26 OCTOBER: Bridge India is delighted to launch a UK-wide Policy Research student competition, in conjunction with the enterprising Developing Markets Society at the LSE in London.

The unique competition will offer students from across the country the opportunity to write on one of three important topics, during a pivotal moment in history as the world economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Essays are accepted across the three themes of Healthcare, Debt Crises and Rising Inequality.

Chief Learning Officer at ATMC Australia and trustee of Bridge India, Supriyo Chaudhuri, said: “Bridge India is delighted to be working with the LSE Developing Markets Society on this student competition. Following on from our student Mentoring Scheme in 2020/21, we are keen to encourage, facilitate and deepen learning opportunities and thought leadership with bright students from across the UK.”

Bridge India is a progressive non-profit think tank and platform dedicated to discourse on public policy. It has hosted Presidents, Ministers, CEOs and other global thought leaders from across the world in the last three years. Indian TV channel NDTV recently called its Members “change-makers”. Bridge Indai Members have found new joint venture partners, new careers and deepened government affairs relationships through the organisation.

President of the LSE Developing Markets Society Vaibhav Jain said: “Our Society is proud to have partnered with Bridge India for our signature Policy Research Competition. Through the competition, we aim at providing opportunities to passionate students across the UK to engage in research and solve real-world issues that face emerging markets – and we thank Bridge India for reinforcing our mission to increase awareness on matters in Developing Markets”.

Students submitting essays can be in any year of study, and normally residing in or studying in the UK. The entries will be judged by senior industry professionals from venture capital, corporate finance, strategy consulting, government, journalism and elsewhere. Prizes for the student competition Winner and Runners Up include paid internships and the publication of their essay in a leading journal.

Students do not need to be studying economics to be able to enter and entrants do not have to be members of LSE SU Developing Markets Society.

The timeline of the competition is as follows:

  • Commencement of submission period: 26 October 2021
  • Submission period ends: 28 February 2022
  • Judging period ends: 7 April
  • Announcement of winners: 14 April
  • CV screening, additional interview checks end: 1 May
  • Start of internships: 6 June

The submission link for essays is here.



Bridge India is a progressive non-profit think tank and platform dedicated to discourse on public policy. Find out more at

LSE Developing Markets Society is the LSE’s only society focused solely on the developing world. Founded on the principles of inclusion and open discussion on all global matters, it aims to provide a platform for students to access new education, research output and professional development opportunities. Find out more at

Essays are accepted across three themes:

Theme 1: Healthcare

Covid-19 has raised multiple questions on the lack of capacity of countries’ healthcare systems to fight this global pandemic. How has it reshaped global healthcare in developing countries?

Theme 2: Debt Crises

We are on the verge of an emerging market debt crisis as the global economy emerges from the pandemic and interest rates rise, drawing capital away from vulnerable countries. What are the implications for a two-tier global economy?

Theme 3: Rising Inequality

The pandemic puts much of the last two decades’ progress globally on tacking inequality at risk. How is Covid-19 exacerbating rising inequality in developing markets, and what can we do to reverse the trend?

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