National Topic of the Year is a new category introduced in 2021.

In this category, the Award Committee and KC will choose a topic. Students from the participating universities may submit published articles on that topic.
The best submission will win a cash prize of R10 000.

Submissions for this award will be open from 01 March. The selection and award will be made by July and October the following year.

The article must be published in a peer reviewed journal.

An article submitted for National Topic of the Year category may not participate in any other category in this competition.

The winner must agree to address an audience on the topic virtually or in person at the request of the Award Committee or KC.