2017 Human Rights Essay Contest

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
Call for Papers Extended until February 1st

ISHR is pleased to announce the 2017 Human Rights Essay Contest and Colloquium.  The contest and colloquium aim to encourage and acknowledge students who have written exceptional academic papers that address issues related to human rights.

Cash prizes will be awarded to two graduate students and to two undergraduate students currently enrolled at Columbia University. Contest winners, along with other selected participants, are invited to present their papers during the human rights student colloquium.

Topic: Papers may be written in any discipline or be interdisciplinary. They may be critical analyses, theoretical examinations, or research papers, as long as they address issues, ideas, and questions relating to human rights.

Length: Approximately 5,000 words, though substantially shorter papers will also be considered.

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines: Click here for submission guidelines. Only one submission is allowed per student. Students do not have to be enrolled in a human rights program to participate.

Prizes: Two $500 prizes will be awarded to graduate students and two $250 prizes will be awarded to undergraduates. Contest winners will be announced in late March or early April.

Review Procedures: All papers will be reviewed anonymously by Columbia University students and faculty on the basis of their originality, intellectual rigor, relevance and contribution to the field of human rights, and clarity of expression. A Student Review Committee will select finalists and a Faculty Review Committee will choose contest winners from among the finalists. Click here if you are interested in participating in the Student Review Committee. 

Questions: Email the ISHR Education Program at humanrightsed@columbia.edu.