National Peace Essay Contest

Application Information





Application Deadline

April 5

Awarded By:

United States Institute of Peace

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Two awards offered.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must attend high school in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories OR be a U.S. citizen attending high school overseas.
  3. Must be a current student in grades nine through twelve.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens/lawful permanent residents attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted.

Application requirements for the National Peace Essay Contest are:

  • Registration form
  • Essay
Additional Information: What characteristics lead to a successful effort by diplomats and peacebuilders to mediate or prevent violent conflict? The United States Foreign Service—often referred to as America’s first line of defense—works to prevent conflict from breaking out abroad and threats from coming to our shores. Peacebuilders work on the ground to create the conditions for peace and resolve conflicts where they are most needed. Successful essays will identify, in no more than 1,250 words, a situation where diplomats worked on a peacebuilding initiative with partners from the country/region in question, nongovernmental organizations, and other parts of the U.S. government, and then go on to analyze what characteristics and approaches made the enterprise a success.

Award Amount: $2,500 awards  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 5

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 5

This is an essay contest. The applicant must write a 1,000 to 1,250 word essay on the current year's topic. Registration forms and detailed essay information are available online from the United States Institute of Peace website. Each essay should be typed, and double-spaced. The essay must contain an introduction, a body, a conclusion, reference notes, and a bibliography. Disqualified essays will not be returned for correction or forwarded to judges. All essays must be submitted online by the deadline date.
About United States Institute of Peace:
Contact Information: Kimberly Spring, Essay Contest Coordinator Education Program
Address: 1200 17th St. N.W. Suite 200 Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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