Carnegie Council’s 4th Annual Student/Teacher Essay Contest 2012

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its fourth annual International Essay Contest. This Essay competition is open to both teachers and students anywhere in the world.

From climate change, to terrorism, to global financial crises, many of the greatest problems facing us in the 21st century transcend national borders. All involve ethical issues, such as fairness, rights, and responsibilities.

So as part of the Council’s three-year Centennial project, “Ethics for a Connected World,” the Carnegie Council is asking thought leaders around the world to identify the greatest ethical questions facing the planet and how individuals, organizations, and countries should respond.

But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you.

What do you think? What is the world’s greatest challenge, and how does it affect both your local community and the world? What are the ethical issues involved and how can we work together to overcome this problem?

Essay Topic:

In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge or dilemma facing the planet?


1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

Essay Requirements:

  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.

Application Deadline:December 31, 2012

How to Enter:

This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.

All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.

All students, from high school students through to graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.

Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.

Please email your entries to Please include your full name, address, email, age, and affiliation.

All winners also receive a copy of the edited volume, Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.

Essay webpage


  1. Time to get busy with Essay competition, it is encouraging and many people would like to join in!

  2. pls can external students too contest in the competetion
    I am from nigeria

  3. where will the students in Nigeria write their own essay or is it going to be posted online?

  4. did the participants get a participation certificate?

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