1 February 2020 at 11:59 PM EST





Human Rights Essay Award

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (American University, Washington College of Law) and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

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Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay must be a legal article. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Law

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Depend on the Scholarship duration 

  • The Honor Jury decision will be announced on April 2nd, 2020 through the Academy’s web site.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • A Candidate for the Award must submit an unpublished legal article/paper in English or Spanish written solely by that candidate.
  • Candidates for the Award must hold a law degree and have a demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
  • Past Winners cannot submit essays in future competitions.
  • Essays will only be accepted in Word Format, the essay needs to meet the following requirements:
  1. No longer than 35 pages.
  2. Essay text is size 12, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
  3. Footnotes are size 10, Times New Roman font, single-spaced.
  4. 1 inch (2.54cm) margins all around.
  5. Page is size letter (8.5 x 11 inches/21.59 x 27.94 cm).
  6. Authors should not put their name or any identifying information in their essays.
  7. Authors should keep copies of all of their source materials; this means having photocopies of all of the pages used from a particular source.
  • CV:
  1.  Each participant must also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages in length explaining the experience or interest of the author in human rights issues. Please submit the CV as a separate file from your paper.
  2.  Any appended materials other than a CV will not be accepted. Do not include a bibliography, a list of websites, or any other extra materials. These will be immediately discarded and not considered.

Opportunity Cost


  • A scholarship* to cover tuition for the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per diem for living expenses
  • The best articles may also be published in the American University International Law Review

How to Apply

First Step:

To apply for the Human Rights Essay Award, candidates must choose a subject pertaining to the topic chosen by the Academy for the year. Participants will have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The paper must be within the scope of the topic or it will be disqualified.

Secend Step :

Essays must be submitted using the online submission form.


  • The Academy will confirm via e-mail the receipt of all articles submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation within 48 business hours of sending a submission, please contact us to ensure that we received it.
  • No Essays will be accepted via e-mail.
  • To know more click Rules and Regulations.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Mohamed karam / Egypt 

Reviewed by” Ahmed Tarek/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team