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WIIS 1325 and Beyond International Graduate Student Essay Competition 2020 ($3000+ prize)

Application Deadline: May 10th 2020 at midnight EST

In the run up to the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325 (2000)) Women In International
Security (WIIS) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC are launching an international graduate student essay competition 1325 AndBeyond.

The essay contest is intended to highlight innovative and imaginative ideas and strategies to achieve the objectives of 1325 in the 2020s.

We hope they will provide important input for the 20th anniversary deliberations of UNSCR 1325. The 1325AndBeyond competition aims to highlight innovative and imaginative strategies to
achieve the objectives of 1325 in the next decade—the 2020s. The top five essays will be
recognized and will receive a monetary award.


  1. First place winner $1,325;
  2. Second place winner $1,000;
  3. Third place winner $750;
  4. Fourth and fifth place $250

Essay Focus

  • Essays must focus on the future—the next decade, specifically. The question is how best to move the objectives of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda forward in the 2020s, given the successes and failures of the last two decades.
  • Essays must contain specific and practical (realistic) recommendations for civil society, states, and/or international organizations.
  • Essays can focus on only one international actor (e.g. civil society, a particular state or
    group of states, the United Nations, a regional organization) or on a multitude of international actors.

Essay Eligibility

  • Essay submissions are open to young professionals with an MA or higher academic degree, and students currently enrolled in a MA, PhD, JD or corresponding graduate program at a university or equivalent academic institution in 2020.
  • Recent graduates, as well as individuals who will be enrolled in a graduate program within
    the next academic year, will also be considered. All genders are encouraged to apply.

Essay Requirements

1. Essays must be the individuals’ own original pieces of work, not previously published;

2. Essays must be written in the English language and be between 1,500 and 2,000

3. Submissions must also include:

(1) a 250-word summary;

(2) a bibliography;

(3) a brief biography; Optional: a copy of school/university enrollment; Optional – a photo.

4. The biography should include: a) full name of individual; b) name of the school or university and program in which the student
is enrolled OR individual’s employment information; c) individual contact information
(email and phone number);

5. Essays must be typed (single spaced) in 12-point Times New Roman and submitted in both Word and PDF format;

6. Essays and other submission requirements
must be submitted by May 10th 2020 at midnight EST to the online submission form.

Evaluation Criteria

  • An international jury of scholars and practitioners will evaluate the essays.
  • Essays will be judged on clarity and clear elaboration of arguments as well as the innovative and original nature of policy-recommendations.
  • Winners will be announced on June 30th 2020.

Please contact 1325 and with any questions.



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