Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2019

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity is pleased to announce the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2019. The contest is open to full time-registered students as undergraduate juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be a registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2018 Semester. Or

  • They fulfill the guideline requirements and are studying abroad during the 2018-2019 school year, as long as they are registered as full-time juniors or seniors at their home schools in the U.S., or
  • They are international or non-citizen students who fill the guideline requirements and are attending schools in the U.S.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To apply, the applicants need to complete your application and submit your entry here. What you need to apply:

  • Your Contact Information
  • Your Essay
  • Enrollment Verification – please make sure that your enrollment document states both your class standing or graduation date and that you are a full-time
  • A Faculty Sponsor and his/her Contact Information

2019 Essay Topic:

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. That approach could focus on 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

Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.


  • Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
  • In 3,000 to 4,000 words, you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
  • Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be evident.
  • The essay should be developed from your point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.
  • The essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
  • All essays must have a title.
  • All essays must be written in English.
  • The essay should be titled, typed in a 12-point font easily readable font (such as Times New Roman), double-spaced with 1″ margins and numbered pages.


Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes as below:

  • First Prize – $ 5,000
  • Second Prize – $ 2,500
  • Third Prize – $ 1,500
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $ 500 Each

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is December 14, 2018, by 5 PM PST.

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