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