United Nations University – 2014 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest (Cash Prizes)

United Nations University – 2014 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest (Cash Prizes)

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 30th Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This is a bilingual (English and Japanese) international competition established in memory of the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.

The theme of the 2014 contest is: ”Discuss the merits and demerits of extending long-term assistance to developing countries whose own self-help efforts are inadequate, as well as potential measures that could promote greater self-help efforts.”


  • 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.


Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).

Submission must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.


A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded. The winners will be notified by June 2014.

Winners who are able to attend will receive their prizes at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Application Procedure

To enter the 2014 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. please submit four copies of your essay along with a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, mailing address, and (if available) telephone/fax number and e-mail address, to:

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

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