What is “John Locke” essay contest? 


John Locke Institute, an independent educational organization founded in the spirit of John Locke, an English philosopher primarily renowned for his ideas of political liberalism, annually hosts an essay contest so-called “John Locke Institute Essay Competition.” The competition, co-organized by the University of Oxford and Princeton University, was purposefully designed to escalate students’ independent critical thinking, reasoning and persuasive skills beyond the confines of systemized school programs and curricula. There are seven subject categories (excluding Junior Category): Philosophy, Politics, Economics, History, Psychology, Theology and Law. For each subject category, three questions are given. Check out the website to find out the essay questions. 

What are the requirements to enter the contest? 


The contest is open to all individuals who are 18 years of age or younger from any country and any school. The essay should not exceed 2000 words and be based on only one of the questions in one’s selected subject category. There are no associated fees to participate in the contest.

What are the prizes? 


- A winner for each subject category receives £100, and the winning paper will be published on the organization’s website accordingly. 

- A winner for the best essay overall receives an honorary John Locke Institute Junior Fellowship (worth £500). 

- A ceremony will be held at Oxford, where winners and runners-up will receive their prizes as well as meeting the judges and faculty members of the organization. 

When is the deadline for submissions? 


July 15, 2020 at midnight 


For further details on the organization and contest, feel free to visit the website.

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