Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs invites teachers and students anywhere in the world to send in entries for its fifth annual International Essay Contest. As part of Carnegie Council’s Ethics for a Connected World project, they are asking thought leaders a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet. One of the questions is: What does moral leadership mean to you?
But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you. You are to please include examples of moral leadership worldwide, and/or from your local community and personal experience while writing your essay.
Essay Topic: What does moral leadership mean to you?
Worth of Awards

  • 1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader.


  • This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities.
  • All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible.
  • All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.
  • Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.
  • Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.

How to Apply

  •  Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website (see link below)
  •  Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #leadershipcontest.
  •  Please include the following:
  • Your full name.
  • The name of your school.
  • Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate).

Contest requirements include:

  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Deadline: Entries close December 31, 2013
You can send a mail to Evan O’Neil at [email protected]
To join the GEN website(to apply), click here
For more details on the contest, click here