Essay Contests

The Journal of International Affairs holds two separate student essay contests: the Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest and the Global Public Policy Network Contest. Winning authors of both contests are published in the print issue and receive $500.

Andrew Wellington Cordier became the dean of the School of International Affairs (as it was known then) in 1962 following a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations. From 1969−1970, he served as president of Columbia University. The Cordier essay contest acknowledges and honors the contributions that he made to the school and university. The Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest is open to all currently enrolled Columbia University students. 

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Contest was established in 2011. The contest is open to all currently enrolled students of GPPN-partnered schools (Columbia University, Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the FGV-EAESP, the Graduate School of Public Policy, and the Hertie School of Governance). Through this effort, the journal strives to promote dialogue and feature a diverse cross section of student perspectives. 

For more information or to submit an essay, write to us at jiaonline@columbia.edu.