Carnegie Council Student / Teacher Essay Contest on Sustainability

Carnegie Council Student / Teacher Essay Contest

Subject: Essay Writing Contest
Essay Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Essay to be taken at: any country (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Description
The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (, established in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs.

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its third International Essay Contest as part of its third annual September Sustainability Month. This essay competition is open to both teachers and students anywhere in the world. All students, from high/secondary school students, undergraduate through to graduate students, are eligible.

Essay Topic: What does sustainability mean to you?

Origin of Essay Question
In recent years, "sustainability" has become a buzz-word for scholars, businesspeople, and policymakers alike. It has come to embody a wide variety of approaches that aim to bring society in harmony with the environment. For some, it is heralded as the ultimate way to improve today's way of life and to guarantee human existence well into the future.

As a consequence, "sustainability" has become an integral part of our vocabulary. We now have Sustainable Development; Sustainable Business; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Living; Sustainable Environment; and even Sustainable Communities.

Here is where you come in. In this competition you are challenged to move beyond the buzz and explore what sustainability means to you. How do you understand sustainability? What is the meaning of sustainability in your own life, in your local community, and in the greater world? Do you see conflicts of interest between these spheres? How can we balance rights and responsibilities, and decide on what's fair? The Carnegie Council looks forward to your thoughts on one or more of these questions.

Essay Winners’ Prizes
  • 1st prize: $250 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

Essay Requirements
  • Style: "Op-ed" style (not academic, foot-noted papers)
  • Your essay should contain 1,000 to 1,500 words in English language entries only.
  • Format: Word document, or email.
How to Enter for Essay Competition
  • 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.
How to Submit Essay
Please email your entries to: Include your full name, address, email, age, and affiliation.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2011
Open to International Applicants: Yes (ONLY teachers and students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, anywhere in the world)

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