Student Essay Contests

Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs holds two 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. Since Vol. 72, No.2, in the spring of 2019, the Journal also holds a biannual visual arts contest with a $250 prize. 

The theme of the Summer/Fall 2020 issue will be Politics of Protest. The issue will take an in-depth look at protest movements across the globe, from Hong Kong to Lebanon to Chile. It will also explore sub-national and transnational trends: how modern technology shapes modern protest, how international law and institutions can support, or undermine, regional movements, how contemporary protests compare to historical movements, and more.

 

Deadline and Submission Guidelines 

All submissions are due at 11:59 pm EST on 7 August 2020 submitted via email to jiaeb@columbia.edu. Specific information on each of the contests can be found below.

If you have questions, please contact the Editorial Board at jiaeb@columbia.edu

Submissions for all three contests are welcome on the following topics, or on a similar topic related to the issue's main theme: 

  1. Tribal, state, local, or trans-national protests movements
  2. Retrospective analyses on failed or successful protests
  3. Comparison of current and past protest movements
  4. The role of international law and institutions in supporting protest movements 
  5. How modern technology shapes modern protest

 

Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest

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. 

Essays may be between 2,000-4,000 words, and cannot have been previously published. Citations should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. For examples of winning student essays, visit the student essays section of our website.

 

Global Public Policy Network Contest 

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. 

Essays may be between 2,000-4,000 words, and cannot have been previously published. Citations should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style. For examples of winning student essays, visit the student essays section of our website.

 

Visual Arts Contest

Columbia University students are welcome to submit original artwork related to the topics outlined below. The winner will receive a $250 prize and the winning project will be published in the Journal’s upcoming issue. 

Submissions for the contest should be a 2D visual art project that can be anything from a photo essay comprising 5 - 7 photos to original artwork. As part of the application, please include an introduction (500 words or less) that describes the project. We do not accept projects that include video or audio elements.