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Enter for Carnegie Council Student Essay Contest 2018

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its tenth annual International Essay Contest, open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world.

Essay Submission Deadline: 31st December, 2018

Essay Topic: Is it Important to Live in a Democracy?

The essay should include a definition/explanation of the concept of democracy (written in your own words) and then explain why democracy is or is not important.

Type: Contest


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

    Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

Essay Requirements

  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Blog post on English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Essay Winners’ Prizes
1st prize: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate
All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

How to Apply:

  1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:
  2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2018.
  3. Please include the following:
    • Your full name.
    • The name of your school.
    • Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

(, established in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs.

Visit Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

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