The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is designed to challenge college students to analyze urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world.  This award is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled full time during the Fall 2013 semester at accredited colleges or universities in the United States.  Detailed information (including topics, guidelines and entry forms) is available on the Foundation’s website,

Suggested topics for the 2014 contest:

  • What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?
  • Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
  • Carefully examine the ethical  aspects or implications of a major literary work, a film or a significant piece of art.
  • Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today’s world.
  • How does a recent political or cultural event shed light on the ethics of rebellion/revolution?


Awards are granted up to $5,000.  All winners will be announced in the spring of 2014.

How to apply

Applications and detailed instructions can be obtained at the website listed above.


Completed applications for the contest must be received by December 5, 2013.  This year, submissions will be accepted online.  Students entering the contest will create an account and electronically submit their application, complete with the essay, required entry information, and a portal for faculty and enrollment verification.