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Competition Details

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Goes By: Elie Wisel

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.

About this Fellowship

This is an essay contest which challenges students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world.

Deadlines are typically in January, but be sure to check the competition website for the current cycle’s deadline.

Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States are eligible to apply.

Example prompt from 2022 competition: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.

Award Value

First place receives $5,000, second place receives $2,500, third place receives $1,500, and two honorable mentions receive $500 each.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Junior, Senior


No Requirements
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: July 26, 2022

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