Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest awards $500 to $5,000 to students for essays that analyze urgent contemporary ethical issues. The first place essay wins $5,000, second place wins $2,500, third place wins $1,500, and two honorable mentions win $500 each.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for a Elie Wiesel Prize, the applicant must:

  • Be a registered undergraduate full-time junior or senior at an accredited four-year university or college in the U.S. at the time of application

Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

The application requires:

  • A 3,000-4,000 word response to the suggested prompt or any topic of the student’s own choice (as long as it pertains to ethics)
  • Upload of a PDF version of the applicant’s essay
  • A Faculty Sponsor to review the applicant’s essay

The selection criteria for an Elie Wiesel Prize are:

  • Clear articulation and genuine grappling with an ethical dilemma
  • Adherence to guidelines and carefully proofread essays
  • Observations of rules for Standard English usage (grammar, punctuation, mechanics) in writing
  • Thoroughly thought-out, tightly focused essays
  • Originality and imagination
  • Eloquence of writing style
  • Intensity and unity in the essay


The essay and application for an Elie Wiesel Prize is due in mid-December.


Stella Setka, Ph.D.

Fellowships Coordinator, National and International Scholarship Office

University Hall 1848