Eisaku Sato Essay Contest for International Contestants

Entries for the Eisaku Sato Essay Contest are now invited. This invitation is intended to anyone with no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession. Several winners will be chosen. The grand prize is ¥500,000. To apply, candidates are required to submit their essay no later than 31 March 2017.

Contest Description
Submissions are now being accepted for the 33nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality, or profession.

Award Value
The winner of this Eisaku Sato Essay Contest will receive prizes as follow: A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded.

Level and Area of Studies: Not specified.

Place of Study: Not specified.

Eligibility and Criteria
The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest  open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

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Application Instruction
To apply, contestants are required follow the following contest rule:

  • Submit 3,000–6,000 words prompting this topic question:
    “Demography of the world is experiencing a big structural change. While world total population is still growing, increasing number of countries are facing low fertility, rapid ageing and even depopulation. Some are concerned about possible aging before societies become rich. Others are seeing continuing explosion of unemployed youth. Even in rich countries social security system is under pressure and generational conflict is on the rise. How should the United Nations cope with such demographic changes? Discuss the potential role of the UN against this world phenomenon, ‘demographic tsunami’.”
  • Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be printed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).
  • Submissions must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.

Submission Deadline
31 March 2017.

Website and Application Link

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