International Student/Teacher Essay Contest

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its seventh annual International Essay Contest. The contest is open to teachers and students anywhere in the world. This year, to be enter in contest, you must write about one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015. Three winners will be selected.

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs was founded in 1914. It is a New York City-based a 501(c)3 public charity serving international affairs professionals, teachers and students, and the attentive public.


  • 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 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.

 How to Apply:

To be considered for contest, you are asked to write about one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals.

Essay 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

Contest Requirements:

  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Submitting Details:

You can email your entries to Please include your full name, full address, email, age, name of your school, whether you are a teacher or a student, and if a student, what level (high school, undergraduate, graduate level).

Award Amount:

Awards are as follows:

  • 1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

Application Deadline:

Contest application deadline is January 5, 2016.

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