DOC Research Institute launches first essay competition for young people


The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) today announces the launch of “My Country, Our World in 2030”, a competition to find the best essay written by European and international graduate and undergraduate students, as part of a project exploring young people’s expectations of the future in their countries, Europe and the wider world.

The competition is being organised to mark the May 2019 European elections in collaboration with the Department of History of Eastern Europe at Humboldt University and a number of international partner institutions.

DOC Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Bas said: “Europe’s young people have more at stake in their future than ever before, as the continent confronts challenges such as migration, the rise of populism, digital disruption and Brexit. DOC Institute wants to give young people a prominent voice in discussions towards finding sustainable solutions to all of these issues and forging economic and social models that work for all. Our goal with this competition is to unearth exciting new ideas and new representatives of the generation that will shape Europe’s future over the coming decades.

The authors of the best five essays will be invited to present their papers at a public event hosted by the DOC in Berlin, and at the 2019 DOC Rhodes Forum in the presence of heads of state and government and other high-level guests. The winners will also receive awards including travel opportunities, free participation in summer schools, and laptops.

Entries may be up to 5,000 words, and will be judged by a panel of international academics, journalists and policymakers. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2019, and the winners will be announced in May or June.

Download full information about the contest.


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