Tana Forum Annual University Essay Competition 2019 for Africans (Fully-funded trip to the Forum in Ethiopia)

Tana Forum Annual University Essay Competition 2019 for Africans (Fully-funded trip to the Forum in Ethiopia)

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The call for entries is now open for the Tana Forum Annual University Essay Competition 2019. Now in its fifth year, the Tana Forum annual essay competition is aimed at obtaining views from the youth on various peace and security challenges faced across the continent. The competition is open to African nationals enrolled in higher education institutions based in Africa and in the diaspora.

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions.This year’s edition will take place on 4-5 May 2019 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on the theme, ‘Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends’.

The Forum strives to provide a platform for young Africans to engage with African heads of state and governments, practitioners and experts in peace and security in Africa. Youth inclusion is an essential, yet often lacking, component of decision-making in Africa and the Forum offers several opportunities for youth participation before, during and after the Forum including youth debates, multi-stakeholder dialogues, civil society and media involvement, and different competitions.


  • The authors of the three winning essays will be invited by the Tana Forum Secretariat to attend the Forum as fully sponsored participants and address participants at the Forum.
  • Prior to the event, the authors receive mentorship from a pool of experts based at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)


  • Applicants must be African citizens enrolled at recognized universities in Africa or in the diaspora pursuing either a BA, MA or PhD in a relevant field.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman with a one-inch margin on all sides.
  • Essays must be between 5-10 pages in length excluding reference materials.
  • The essay must be the original work of the applicant supported by a comprehensive list of sources. Essays on topics other than “Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends” will not be accepted.
  • Essays must be written in English or French.
  • A reference list in APA style must be included with a minimum of three primary sources, i.e. books, periodicals or newspapers. Other sources may be accessed online, provided they are cited correctly. Any submissions lacking three primary sources will be disqualified.
  • Any essay using crowd-sourced and publicly editable sources such as Wikipedia will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.


  • Email your essay with the subject line: [Full name] 2019 Essay Competition.
  • Attach a short bio that includes your name, university, degree title (BA, MA or PhD.), country of origin and contact information (email address, telephone number).

All submissions should be addressed to Dr. Samuel Gidey at [email protected] and submitted before 28 February 2019.

For more information, visit Tana Forum.