AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Digital Media and Student Essay Competitions: Due April 30

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit entries to the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition’s Student Digital Media Competition and Student Essay Competition. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018.

Take a look some of at the 2017 winners!

Vivekanand Vimal Examines Whether Access to Information is a Basic Human Right

Debate on fracking explored in PhD student’s award-winning essay

About the Student Digital Media Competition: The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition launched the Student Digital Media Competition to discover and recognize quality digital media projects that highlight these and other intersections between science and human rights. Share your video, podcast, webinar, app, or other online project on any topic at the intersection of science and human rights!

They are looking for projects that leverage digital media to reach their intended audience and get their ideas across. Videos, podcasts, apps, games, digital music are all examples of projects that could be eligible for submission. Students may enter as individuals or as teams (no more than five individuals). The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program will highlight the winning entries online and at a meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. In addition:

  • The winner of the Individual category will receive a $500 cash prize, plus a year of membership in AAAS, which includes a digital subscription to Science and access to the Science archives, access to ScienceCareers resources, and other benefits of membership.
  • The winning Team will receive a $1,000 cash prize to be divided among the team members. Each team member will also receive a year of membership in AAAS, which includes a digital subscription to Science and access to the Science archives, access to ScienceCareers resources, and other benefits of membership.

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About the Student Essay Competition: This essay competition was created to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions. Students may write on any topic at the intersection of science and/or technology with human rights.

Submissions should be written in the form of an analytical or critical paper that raises thought-provoking questions. For example, potential essay topics might include: the applications of a scientific approach or a new technology to address specific human rights concerns; an analysis of synergies between human rights obligations and the social responsibilities of scientists, engineers and/or health professionals; or the ways in which full implementation of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress may influence realization of other human rights. These examples are only provided to spark ideas: students are encouraged to write essays that reflect their own ideas, interests, and insights.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  •  Undergraduate student
  •  Graduate student.

The winning students will be recognized at the July 12-13, 2018 meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Winners of the competition will receive a travel stipend to attend the meeting as well as a year of membership in AAAS, which includes a one-year subscription to Science and access to theScience archives, access to ScienceCareers resources, and other benefits of membership.

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The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition’s student competitions are made possible by the AAAS-Andrew M. Sessler Fund for Science, Education, and Human Rights.


Foreign Policy Essay Contest


The National Interest (TNI) and the John Quincy Adams Society have just announced a foreign policy essay contest for students – undergraduate, graduate, and PhD.

The winning essay will appear in TNI and receive $1,000. The first twenty entrants will receive a one year subscription to TNI.

Entrants must answer, in 900-1500 words, the following prompt: “In what area of the world could the United States reduce its military involvement? Explain your reasoning.”

Submissions are due April 8.

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Foreign Policy Association Call for Film and Essay Submissions

The Foreign Policy Association is holding a film and essay contest with a range of cash prizes and a funded trip to New York with an invitation to the FPA centennial celebration’s Spring Dinner.

Essays should be no longer than 750 words, and film entries should be no longer than five minutes. Each category will have three awards (making for six total awards). The first place winner will receive $1,500 and the trip to New York and Spring Dinner invitation, second and third prize will both receive a $500 prize.

See the link to the official posting here. The contest is open to both graduate and under graduate students. Information about the Foreign Policy Association as an origination can be found here. This certainly could be an exciting opportunity for one of your students to strengthen their C.V.

For questions, contact Peter Scaturro at or 212-481-8100 ext. 252

New York Times Win-a-trip Contest

The NYT Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof invites students to enter a contest for an international reporting trip in 2018.

Nicholas Kristof  invites university students to apply for his 2018 win-a-trip contest. He has held these contests since 2006, and taking the winner along with on a reporting trip to cover global poverty and social justice issues. The aim is to generate interest in neglected global issues and get more people writing about them.

The winner will write pieces for him on the New York Times website. HBO did a documentary called “Reporter” based on his 2007 win-a-trip journey to Congo; it’s on Amazon and iTunes if you want to see what you’re getting yourself in for. The contest begins immediately and you must apply by Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2017.

Read the full rules here. The contest is open to students enrolled in an American college or university, either as an undergraduate or graduate. To apply, submit an essay explaining why he should pick you.

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Council for European Studies – European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

CES Announcements 

Call for Applications:

European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is designed to encourage interest and collaborative, interdisciplinary work in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is awarded to the best research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program. Projects that incorporate another discipline and a second contributor are strongly encouraged.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2018. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by CES’ Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each winner (or winning collaborative team) will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in CES’ European Studies Newsletter, EuropeNow Campus, and on CES’ social media sites.

Access the application form here.


Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest – John Quincy Adams Society/The National Interest

Looking for a chance to get published in one of Washington’s most influential foreign policy publications? Have your voice heard where it matters and establish credibility as and independent, trustworthy voice in foreign policy. The John Quincy Adams Society has partnered with The National Interest, a highly regarded outlet famous for publishing essays like Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History?”

Winners get published in TNI and get a significant cash prize; additionally, the first twenty entrants get a free subscription to TNI. More information, rules, and instructions for participation are available on the website at It’s a great chance for students to raise their profiles!