India Foreign Policy Essay Contests


As part of its ‘Awareness Programme on Indian Foreign Policy’, Indian Council of World Affairs announces the second edition of ICWA Essay Competition for school students (15-18 years) and undergraduate/ post graduate students (18-25Years).


Junior Level (15-18 years)

a) What India’s Foreign Policy means to Young India/ India’s Foreign Policy Priorities for the Youth – (1500 words).

Senior Level (18-25 years)

b) Conflict, Religion and Foreign Policy (2500 words).

Eligibility Criteria

The participants must be an enrolled student in a School or graduate/post graduate degree program in a College/University from anywhere across India.

Essay Submission

All Essays (soft copy only) should be sent to latest by 30th July 2017.


The entries should be submitted along with a certificate from School/ Institute/ College/ University where the participant is currently enrolled.

The entries should include a separate cover page carrying the following personal information: 1) Name, 2) Father/Mother Name, 3) Class/Programme, 4) Name and Address of School/College/ University, 5) Residence Address, 6) Mobile & Landline Numbers and 7) Email Address.

Kindly note: No personal information should be provided on the Essay sheet. The essay can be written in English or Hindi.


Junior Level: 1st prize – Rs 15,000; 2nd prize- Rs 10,000 & 3rd prize-Rs 5000

Senior level: 1st prize – Rs 25,000; 2nd prize- Rs 15,000 & 3rd prize-Rs 10,000

For details, click here.


As part of our 2015 FP Global Thinkers Summit in Washington, DC, The FP Group is hosting the 2015 FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest, with a focus on the opportunities presented by a rapidly aging world. FP gratefully acknowledges underwriting support by AARP for this program.

Every year, Foreign Policy highlights the ideas and innovations transforming our world through the FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Summit. From policy to business, art to science, technology to media to philanthropy, we acknowledge creative disruption and out-of-the-box thinking from every corner of the globe. FP Global Thinkers range from up-and-coming names to well-established thought leaders, and are unified by their ability to impact millions. Please see the list of 2014 Global Thinkers here.

This year, college and graduate students have the opportunity to to share their disruptive, global ideas with FP’s influential audience.

Essay Topic:
We are witnessing a profound demographic change: The world’s population of people 60 years of age and older has doubled since 1980 and is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050. This has the potential to dramatically reshape every aspect of the global community, from health to employment, and economics to technology. From your perspective, what is the greatest opportunity presented by the aging trend, and why?

Eligibility Requirements:
Essay contest participants must be an enrolled student in a college or graduate degree program from anywhere around the world.

Essay Submission Requirements:
All essays (or questions) should be submitted to Please limit your essay submissions to a maximum of 800 words. In your essay submissions, please include your:

Phone number;


Higher education institution;

Degree program;

Expected graduation year.

Winning Essayist Benefits:
Have his or her essay published on and recognized as the winner of The 2015 FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest;

Attendance at The 2015 FP Global Thinkers Summit in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 1st;

A travel stipend for the costs related to a roundtrip ticket to Washington, DC;

Overnight accommodations at a hotel in Washington, DC.

How Essays Will be Judged:
A tangible idea with the potential to create something of global value;

Feasibility of idea;

Quality of writing;

The submission deadline for all essays is Friday, October 23th. The winner of the contest will be notified by Friday, October 30th.

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