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Three Minutes Thesis (3MT®UC) 2021


Thesis in Three Minutes UC 3MT® Virtual UC is a research communication competition, where doctoral students are challenged to communicate, in just three minutes and in English, the significance of their thesis projects to a non-specialized audience. This implies an oral presentation, in which students must explain – convincingly, concisely, and clearly – their research, in an appropriate language for a non-specialist audience in their subjects.

This contest, in its original name, Three Minutes Thesis 3MT® has been developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) Australia, since 2008, due to its success it has been replicated in several other universities and has given rise to an international version and interinstitutional of the same contest.


  • Be a regular student of any of the University’s doctoral programs.
  • Have passed the Candidacy Exam and/or Doctoral Thesis Project, or be ready to render it with a defined date.
  • Be in the 8th semester of their doctoral studies at most.


This year exceptionally and due to the health contingency, the prizes will be freely available to those who are winners.

  • Winner: $ 1,400,000. 
  • Second place: $ 700,000.
  • Chosen from the public: $ 350,000.

Important dates

  • Application opening

    May 06, 2021

  • Applications closure

    June 25, 2021 - 12:00 pm

  • Video reception

    until June 16, 2021 - 12:00 pm


  • Contest results

    October, 2021