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Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Goes By: Elie Wisel

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


Elie Wiesel Electronic Deadline
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
5 p.m. PST

About this Fellowship

Essay contest which challenges students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world.

Example prompt from 2020 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. That approach could focus 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.

Award Value

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

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Junior, Senior


No Requirements
Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: June 12, 2020

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