31 July 2019.


China or United Kingdom or United States.



Essay competition for young people

THE ECONOMIST’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. We want this exploration of ideas to involve our critics as well as our supporters. As part of the initiative we are holding an essay contest.

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The essay question is: What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?

Essays should answer the question by taking a stance and making a case based on arguments and facts. We will select the best essays based on the quality of their arguments, not the extent to which they align with our views. Though good writing is important, judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their first language.

There will be one winner.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Economics.
  • Politics.
  • Environment.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Open Future Festival events, to be held on Saturday October 5th 2019.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The Competition is open to persons between the ages of 16 and 25 inclusive, except for employees of The Economist or its affiliated companies and professional advisors, their immediate families, and anyone professionally connected with the Competition.
  • If you are under the age of 18 or are classed as a minor wherever you reside, you must obtain written parental or guardian consent to enter and to claim your prize. The Economist may ask the winner to provide proof of age and/or parental consent.
  • In entering the Competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Economist may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries via third parties and automated entries are not permitted.
  • Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

Opportunity Cost


  • The prize for the winner will be an invitation to one of The Economist’s Open Future events to be held on October 5th 2019 and at venues in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago. This will include an economy-class flight for the winner, if required to get to the relevant event, and hotel accommodation for at least two nights (if you win and you are under 18 at the time of the relevant Open Future event, a person with parental responsibility or some other responsible adult must accompany you. The Economist will also provide an economy-class ticket and hotel accommodation for this person.).
  • The names of the 20 long-listed finalists will be published online; each will receive a one-year digital subscription to The Economist.

How to Apply

First Step: Essayists should email their submissions by July 31st 2019, with the subject “Open Future essay contest” to: (

Note: place the text in the body of the email, attachments cannot be accepted. Please indicate your age and country.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Hesham Galal / Egypt

Reviewed by “ Eman Fadel Ali / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team