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Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

Essay competiton designed to challenge college students to analyze ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world.


Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion established The Elie Wiesel Prize for Humanity, shortly after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to advance the cause of human rights by creating forums for the discussion and resolution of urgent ethical issues.


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Selection Criteria

The essay must be the original, unpublished work of the student, and 3000-4000 words in length. It may be developed from any point of view and can be written in the form of a case study, a personal experience or an analysis that is literary, philosophical, historical, biographical, theological, or psychological.


Applicants must:

  •  Be a full-time junior or senior at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States 
  • Have a professor review his or her essay and complete a Faculty Sponsor Form


First prize:  $5,000

Second prize:  $2,500

Third prize:  $1,500

Honorable Mention:  $500


One time cash award.

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Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics