Carnegie Council Student / Teacher Essay Contest on Ethical Challenges for All Students and Teachers

2016 Carnegie Council Essay Contest: Goals for a Better World

Essay Topic: Ethical challenges
Essay Level: All students/teachers
Provider: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Essay can be taken at: Any country

Scholarship Description
The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its eighth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world. As part of Carnegie Council’s Ethics for a Connected World project, thought leaders are asked to answer a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet.

In 2015, students and teachers wrote on one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015. (There are a total of 17 SDGs. For a concise rundown of all of them, click here).

This year, 2016, students and teachers are asked to write on the topic, "Is nationalism an asset or hindrance in today's globalized world?". What do you think?

The following criteria apply:
  • Essay competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.
  • All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.
  • All students, from high/secondary school students through to graduate students, are eligible.
  • Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.
Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.

Essay Topic
2016 topic:
Is nationalism an asset or hindrance in today's globalized world?

Nationalism as used here is a broad term and can be viewed in terms of patriotism, economic nationalism, national identity that holds a diverse country together, nativism, a movement that ideologically separates a nation from a supranational organization, or any other logical way you think fit, as long as you define it clearly.

2015 topic:
Focusing on one of the following SDGs, propose specific measures for your country (or region or city) to reach the goal’s objectives in the next 15 years.
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; OR
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; OR
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
2014 topic:
What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place (see article)

2012 topic:
In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge or dilemma facing the planet?

2011 topic:
What does sustainability mean to you? (see article)

Essay Benefits
Prices include:
  • 1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate
In the past, winners also received a copy of the edited volume, Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

Method of Application
Before submitting your essay, please review these plagiarism guidelines to ensure that your work is original and properly cited.

  • Style: "Op-ed" style (not academic, foot-noted papers);
  • Length: Your essay should contain 1,000 to 1,500 words;
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.
To enter this contest, JOIN the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website: Then, POST your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2016. Please include the following: i). Your full name, ii). The name of your school, AND iii). Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

The Competition Deadline is December 31, 2016

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an independent, educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs. It produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Essay Information and Application (2016 Announcement)
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (Homepage)

Related: List of Essay Writing Contests for International Students

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