Carnegie Council Teacher, Student Essay Contest 2017

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Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its ninth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.

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

In your opinion, what is the world’s greatest challenge, and how does it affect your local community and/or 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 facing the world today?


The essays are judged in three categories: teachers and graduate students; undergraduate students; and high school students.
1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

Eligibility Criteria

  • All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.
  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.
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Guides for Applicants

The essay topic should revolve around “In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge facing the world today?”
The writing style should be Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
It should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length
It should be in the format of Blog post on English language entries only are accepted.
The limit is one entry per person.

For sample essays, have a look at last year’s winners here.

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

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

Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website: .
Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2017.

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).


31st December, 2017

The Organisers

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Further Information

Visit the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs official page

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