IAEA Essay Competition 2020 on Nuclear Security (Win fully-funded trip to ICONS 2020 and €2000 prize)

IAEA Essay Competition 2020 on Nuclear Security (Win fully-funded trip to ICONS 2020 and €2000 prize)

Deadline: September 6, 2019

Entries are invited for the 2020 IAEA’s International Essay Competition on Nuclear Security. Students and Early Career Professionals are invited to submit innovative and original essays on the topic “Future of Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts”.

Through this competition, the IAEA hopes to learn about innovative ideas and perspectives on the future of nuclear security. The essay competition aims to promote creative thinking and wider awareness about nuclear security challenges and opportunities, including those highlighted by the International Conference on Nuclear Security 2020. A similar competition was held in conjunction with the 2016 International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions.


  • Three finalists will receive cash prizes of €2000 and a certificate signed by the IAEA Director General;
  • In addition, the finalists will receive flight tickets, accommodation and daily living expenses to attend and present their essays at ICONS 2020 side event in Vienna, Austria (10-14 February 2020). The essays will be posted on the IAEA Conference Website with a link on the IAEA Conference App for the duration of the Conference and included in the conference proceedings.


  • The competition is only open to nationals of IAEA Member States
  • Applicants must be 35 years of age and under (born after 1st January 1986). Finalists will be requested to send their identification documents (E.g. copy of passport) to facilitate administrative arrangements and travel to Austria
  • Essay maximum word count: 1,000
  • Entries in any official language of the IAEA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be accepted. However, applicants should note that for an impartial and fair judging process, best essays will be translated into English if needed and be subject to a blind evaluation at the final selection stage. Therefore, applicants who wish to ensure the quality of the translation may choose to submit their essays in English
  • Only one essay is allowed per entrant. Once an essay has been submitted, applicant will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check before submitting the final copy and ensure that all supplementary information is correct
  • All essays must be an original work by the applicant in their own words, except for quotations from published and unpublished sources, which are clearly indicated and acknowledged as such. Citations must follow internationally recognized styles (Chicago, MLA, ACS, IEEE, NLM, Vancouver, AAA, APA, APSA, etc.), and applicants can at any time be requested to provide clarification of the source. Any content that can be identified as plagiarism will immediately be disqualified.


The submission e-mail should:

  • Be sent to [email protected]
  • Contain “Essay Competition 2020”_”applicant’s family name” in the subject line – E.g. Essay Competition 2020_Smith
  • Have the essay as an attachment in MS Word format
  • Contain the following information in the body of the e-mail:
    • Applicant’s first and last name as in the passport:
    • Title (Mr/Ms):
    • School/organization/affiliation:
    • If a student, enrolled programme (bachelors, Masters, PhD)
    • Country of passport:

For more information, visit IAEA Essay Competition.