WIIS/Heinrich Böll Foundation 1325AndBeyond International Graduate Student Essay Competition 2020

WIIS/Heinrich Böll Foundation 1325AndBeyond International Graduate Student Essay Competition 2020

Deadline: May 10, 2020

Applications for the WIIS/Heinrich Böll Foundation 1325AndBeyond Competition 2020 are open. In the run up to the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325 (2000)), WIIS and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC are launching an international graduate student essay competition – 1325AndBeyond.

The 1325AndBeyond competition aims to highlight innovative and imaginative strategies to achieve the objectives of 1325 in the next decade—the 2020s. The top five essays will be recognized and will receive a monetary award.

Essay Focus

Essays must focus on the future—the next decade, specifically. The question is how best to move the objectives of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda forward in the 2020s, given the successes and failures of the last two decades.

  • Essays must contain specific and practical (realistic) recommendations for civil society, states, and/or international organizations.
  • Essays can focus on only one international actor (e.g. civil society, a particular state or group of states, the United Nations, a regional organization) or on a multitude of international actors.


  • First place winner $1,325
  • Second place winner $1,000
  • Third place winner $750
  • Fourth and fifth place $250


  • Open to young professionals with an MA or higher academic degree, and students currently enrolled in a MA, PhD, JD or corresponding graduate program at a university or equivalent academic institution in 2020.
  • Recent graduates, as well as individuals who will be enrolled in a graduate program within the next academic year, will also be considered.
  • All genders are encouraged to apply.

Essay Requirements

  • Essays must be the individuals’ own original pieces of work, not previously published;
  • Essays must be written in the English language and be between 1,500 and 2,000 words;
  • Submissions must also include:
    • a 250-word summary;
    • a bibliography;
    • a brief biography;
    • Optional: a copy of school/university enrollment; Optional – a photo.
  • The biography should include:
    • full name of individual;
    • name of the school or university and program in which the student is enrolled OR individual’s employment information;
    • individual contact information (email and phone number);
  • Essays must be typed (single spaced) in 12-point Times New Roman and submitted in both Word and PDF format.


An international jury of scholars and practitioners will evaluate the essays. Essays will be judged on clarity and clear elaboration of arguments as well as the innovative and original nature of policy-recommendations. Winners will be announced on June 30, 2020.

Click here to submit your essay

For more information, visit 1325AndBeyond.