World Energy Forum is pleased to announce the 2012 International Energy Essay Contest. As a mission-driven movement, World Energy Forum is dedicated both to educate and campaign for long-term energy solutions by encouraging global conversations on pivotal energy issues.
Since 2012 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All" the International Energy Essay Contest calls upon university students from around the world to participate in the movement towards an energy-secure future by presenting their thoughts on how this can be achieved.
Through this contest, World Energy Forum hopes to provide a platform for students from different backgrounds with an opportunity to share and expand their unique understanding of the worldwide urgency that must be recognized for important changes toward a safe, accessible, and sustainable energy future.
The winners of the essay contest will receive a number of prizes, including the opportunity to discuss their creative approaches for solving the world's present energy problems at the World Energy Forum's annual high-level energy conference. This year's conference, entitled World Energy Forum 2012: Safe, Accessible, Sustainable - Energy for All, will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 22-24, 2012.
All eligible students can participate in the contest by writing a letter in the form of an essay to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and share their views on the topic: "Sustainable Energy for All - Vision, Reality and Solutions."
Essays should be written and submitted according to the guidelines below.
The essay should be written in English
The essay should contain between 1500 and 2000 words (not including bibliography and citations). Please cite your word count at the end of the essay.
The essay should be typed and double-spaced.
The essay should include a coversheet including: first and last name, telephone number, email address and university name
Students must produce their own work, using information from other sources where appropriate.All references should appear as endnotes. Do not use footnotes.
Information used for research that is not cited in the essay should be listed in a bibliography page at the end.
Participants must be currently enrolled as a student working towards any degree program (eg. B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.)Participants' applications must receive a recommendation from a current professor in their field of study
We encourage students of all backgrounds and ability to participate.
How to Enter:
Submit your essay, either:
First & Last Name_ University (eg. John Smith _University of Richmond)
All entries must be received by July 15th, 2012.Under no circumstances will late submissions be accepted.
All eligible essay submissions received by June 15th, 2012 will be reviewed in-house. 10 finalists will be selected for review by a qualified panel including energy experts from:
The United Nations, The World Bank, Academia, Leading energy companies
Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The student's understanding of the issue
The student's analysis and reasoning
Quality and use of research
Originality and creativity in treatment of the topic
Clarity and effectiveness of writing and organization
Winners will be notified by July 31st, 2012.
First Place $5,000 cash prize; Essay will be sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Second Place $3,000 cash prize
Third Place $2,000 cash prize
In addition, the top three contestants will receive:
Airfare and accommodation to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Waived registration fee ($800) to attend The World Energy Forum 2012; Opportunity to be a speaker in The World Energy Forum 2012 session titled: Students for Sustainable EnergyPublication of essay; The top ten essays will be recognized at The World Energy Forum 2012 and will be published on the website.
Contest Entry Deadline: July 15, 2012