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The PRCA is delighted to announce the fifth annual Douglas Smith Prize for young public affairs professional of the year. The PRCA prize recognises the best young person working in public affairs and lobbying. Applicants must be 27 or younger on the date of closing in order to participate. The award is accompanied by a £500 prize, in memory of PRCA founding fellow Douglas Smith.

The Douglas Smith Prize was launched in 2013. Previous winners of the award include Rhiannon Hughes from Whizz Kids (2013), Lincoln Hill from Weber Shandwick (2014), Simon Richards from FleishmanHillard Fishburn (2015) and Liz Laurence from Weber Shandwick (2016).

Applicants should submit an article on the following subject:

“What impact does a minority Conservative Government have on the public affairs industry?”

The entry can be up to 1,000 words in length. This should be supported by a 300-word endorsing statement by someone you work with on a day-to-day basis.

The entry, endorsement, and interview will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative approach to public affairs;
  • Enthusiasm and dedication;
  • Contribution to team morale and ethos;
  • Willingness to pass on knowledge / mentoring;
  • Contribution to politics and community outside of work.


Please visit the dedicated Releasd page which features all the information candidates will need.

Applications must be sent to by 5pm on Friday 27th October.

The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 15th November. This will be followed by an interview with the shortlisted candidates.

The winner will be announced at The Public Affairs Awards 2017 on Thursday 14th December. All shortlisted candidates will receive a complimentary ticket to the awards ceremony.

This year the Prize is sponsored by Cambridge Assessment. Cambridge Assessment is a department of the University of Cambridge providing education programmes and exams in over 170 countries offering global recognition. It is an international not-for-profit organisation with unique strengths and 160 years of expertise.
information candidates will need.