Global Energy Essay Contest for College and University Students

Global Energy Essay Contest

Course(s) Offered: Essay contest
Essay Level: Undergraduate (college, university)
Provider: Global Energy Initiative
Country to Write from in: Any country

Scholarship Description
The Global Energy Essay Contest provides an exciting opportunity for college and university students around the world to engage in critical thinking and present their ideas and solutions to tackle the key energy issues that humanity faces today.

As energy resources become scarce and climate change becomes an increasingly pressing reality, it is imperative to involve and engage students—the decision-makers of tomorrow—to discuss real and practical solutions on how energy can be used and provided in a sustainable and accessible way.

The Global Energy Essay Contest provides a platform for students from all backgrounds with an opportunity to share and expand their unique understanding of the worldwide urgency surrounding these issues, and the opportunity to be recognized for important contributions to shaping a sustainable future for all.

The Global Energy Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to all students from across the world that are currently enrolled in university working towards a degree program (e.g. B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S, M.B.A, M.Ed., Ph.D., etc) to take part in the contest.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country of the world

Participating Institutions
Global Energy Initiative

Fields of study
Essay Topic:
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2014 - 2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, underscoring the importance of energy issues for sustainable development and for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.

Taking inspiration from this, we would like students to share their thoughts on the declaration through this year?s essay topic:

A Vision for The Decade (2014-2024) of Sustainable Energy for All

Scholarship benefits
Prizes are as follows:
The First and Second place winners will receive an invitation to the Global Energy Conference at the United Nations from December 11-12, 2013. The First place winner will also have a speaking opportunity during the award presentation ceremony.

Airfare and accommodation to New York will be covered.

The top ten finalists will receive certificates from Global Energy Initiative.

Method of Application
How to enter into the contest:
  • Pre-register your name and school details via link on the official website (see link to it below).
  • Please upload your essay through the official online submission portal, or alternatively submit your essay in Word or PDF format to You should receive a confirmation email shortly after submitting your essay, please notify the provider if you did not.
  • The subject line of the email should read “Global Sustainable Energy Essay Contest 2013”.
  • The essay should be saved as follows: First & Last Name University (e.g. Jane Smith_ University of Maryland)
For complete and detailed information for application, please visit the official Essay Contest webpage (link to it is below).

The deadline for submission is October 28, 2013.

Prize winners will be announced on November 8, 2013.

Global Energy Initiative is an international not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting sustainable energy for all to fight energy poverty, protect the environment, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Initiative aims to create a new energy paradigm that will contribute to more equitable economic and social development—to the benefit of humanity in general—and to the developing and least developed countries in particular.

To this end, Global Energy Initiative organizes public discussion forums; educates people on judicious energy use, environmental protection, and the effects of climate change; promotes research and technological advancement on energy efficiency; and supports projects that help to eliminate energy poverty.

Global Energy Initiative is dedicated to the broader principles and guidelines adopted by the United Nations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will contribute to the success of 2014-2024: The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

Application Deadline: 28 October 2013
Open to International students: Yes

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