Special Academic Opportunities

Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics

Each year the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity sponsors an essay contest to challenge students to analyze urgent ethical issues confronting the world.  In essays of 3,000-4,000 words, students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues, and identify dilemmas.


The first prize in the essay contest is $5,000.  The second prize is $2,500.  The third prize is $1,500.  Four honorable mention prizes of $500 are offered.


Applicants must be registered, undergraduate, full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States.

Application Procedure

Students must complete a Contest Entry Form along with their Faculty Sponsor.  Any interested professor may serve as a Faculty Sponsor.  Applicants must also submit a letter from the Registrar verifying their eligibility.  Contest Entry Forms are available from the Web site below and must be postmarked by the deadline below.  They may not be faxed or e-mailed.

Web Site



December 2009. Check the web site for a specific date.



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