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Awards to USA Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors
for Excellence in Essay Writing on the Theme of Ethics

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

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The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Deadline Date:

01/18/22 5:00 PM PST


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Awards to USA undergraduate junior and senior students at accredited four-year IHEs for excellence in essay writing on the theme of ethics. Applicants may submit an essay on a wide range of topics, as long as it explores a relevant ethical problem, concern, question, or issue.

Suggested Essay Topics:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that the applicant has encountered and analyze what it has taught them about ethics and themself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. That approach could focus ethical reflection on:

  • A personal issue
  • A family matter
  • A travel incident
  • An academic inquiry
  • A dilemma in literature or film
  • A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
  • A current conflict in American life
  • An international crisis

Please note: These topics are only a suggestion. Students may write about any topic they wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.

Essays will be judged on:

  • The quality of the writing
  • The clarity of the ethical problem or issue
  • The depth of the essay’s ethical analysis – including, for example, reflections on matters of right and wrong, justice and injustice, and the implications of those reflections for society.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177575

Estimated Size of Grant:

- First Prize – $10,000
- Second Prize – $5,000
- Third Prize – $3,000
- Two Honorable Mentions – $1,000 Each

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Semester.

The Foundation requires an official letter from your Registrar on your institution’s letterhead, or from the National Student Clearinghouse verifying your enrollment as a full-time undergraduate Junior or Senior in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. Please obtain this and upload as a PDF as part of your online submission.

Students who are studying abroad in the Fall 2021 semester or Spring 2022 semester but are considered enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Please check with your Registrar and obtain the appropriate documentation to verify your enrollment.

Students are not eligible to enter if:
- They are not yet attending college or are in high school.
- They attend two-year programs or schools or are enrolled in an Associates degree or community college program.
- They are part-time junior or senior students during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester.
- They have finished their undergraduate studies before the Fall 2021 semester.
- They are in a doctorate, masters, or any graduate program.
- They are attending un-accredited schools or institutions.
- They are students at a school outside of the U.S.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is January 18, 2022, by 5:00pm PST. No late entries will be accepted.

Faculty Sponsor:
- Any interested professor at the student's school may act as a Faculty Sponsor.
- Students entering the contest are required to have a Faculty Sponsor review and electronically verify their essay.
- Your Faculty Sponsor will need to verify online that your essay meets the content standards in order for your essay to be judged.
- All essays must be verified by the deadline on January 18, 2022, at 5pm PST in order to be judged.
- Upon submitting your entry online, your reported Faculty Sponsor will be emailed with a link to review and verify your submission online.
- If your Faculty Sponsor declines your submission or does not verify your essay by the deadline, it is disqualified.
- Please work with your Faculty Sponsor on any necessary edits to your essay before you upload and submit online.
- Your Faculty Sponsor will be reminded by email in the event your submission is not reviewed near to the deadline, but please check on the status of your submission independently, and work with your sponsor to ensure timely verification.
- Faculty members should only endorse thought-provoking, well-written essays that fall within the contest guidelines.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For any technical support issues with your application please email:

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
555 Madison Avenue – 13th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: 212-490-7788

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