• Application Deadline: December 31, 2018


    • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible.
    • Non-students are automatically disqualified.
    • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

    Eligible Regions: Open for All

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 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.


Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
Format: Blog post on www.globalethicsnetwork.org. English language entries only.
Limit: One entry per person.
Before submitting your essay, please review the plagiarism guidelines to ensure that your work is original and properly cited. All essays will be screened using plagiarism-detection software.




The essays are judged in three categories: graduate students; undergraduate students; and high school students.

  • 1st prize: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate



  • Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website from the official link.
  • Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #essaycontest2018.
  • Please include the following:
    • * Your full name.
    • * The name of your school.
    • * Indicate what level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).



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