Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest 2019 for Students


Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is now accepting entries from students of all nationalities anywhere in the world for its eleventh annual International Essay Contest. The deadline for submission of entries for the Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest is 16th October, 2019.

Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest

Students of all nationalities are invited to write on the essay topic: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?



Please include in your analysis an explanation (in your own words) of “responsibility” and what it means to “regulate” the Internet. Your essay should consider at least one specific issue or area where “regulation” (as you define it) might be considered. For example, you may choose to address censorship, Internet accessibility, net neutrality, social media, cyber security, or other Internet-related issues. You are not limited to the aforementioned choices when discussing regulation.

Essays must identify the actor(s) that should or should not be responsible for Internet regulation. This can include international organizations, governments, corporations, online communities, and/or individuals. You are not limited to these examples when discussing actors, and you may choose to specify an agency, organization, etc. related to the particular issue you are considering.

Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest Eligibility.

  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest Requirements.

  • Style: Persuasive, op-ed style (not academic, no footnotes)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Essays can be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt format. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest Prizes.

  • 1st place: $300 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd place: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd place: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Winning essays will be published on CarnegieCouncil.org.

How to Submit Entries for Carnegie Council International Student Essay Contest.

Please email your essay as an attachment to contests@cceia.org.

On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include:

  • Your full name;
  • The name of your school;
  • What level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).

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