UNHCR Essay Contest Award 2019 for Research on Forced Displacement in Africa (US$1,000 Prize)

Date limite d'inscription: Décembre 31st 2019

UNHCR and Addis Ababa University’s Centre for Human Rights (CHR-AAU) invite African university students at the graduate (Masters or Doctoral)level to submit research essays on the topic of forced displacement in Africa to an essay competition being held in connection with the African Union’s(AU)theme of 2019:

«Année des réfugiés, des rapatriés et des personnes déplacées dans leur propre pays: vers des solutions durables pour les déplacements forcés en Afrique» et commémorer le 50ème anniversaire de l'adoption de la Convention de l'Organisation de l'unité africaine sur les aspects spécifiques des problèmes des réfugiés en Afrique et son XAnUMXème anniversaire de l'adoption de la Convention de l'UA pour la protection et l'assistance des personnes déplacées dans leur propre pays en Afrique (Convention de Kampala).


Any research essay of no more than 3,000 words (including any cover page, table of contents, footnotes, bibliography,etc…) that offers a clear contribution on the topic of refugees and/or IDPs in Africa. Research may come from any relevant discipline(including but not limited to economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, politics or sociology), or may be inter-disciplinary.

The research may be theoretical, or it may incorporate empirical/field research findings.


To enter, as of the deadline (31 December 2019), you must be:

•Aged 18 or over;
•A national of, or ordinarily resident in,an AU member state; and
•Registered at the graduate (Masters or Doctoral)level at a recognised university in an AU member state

De plus, votre essai:

•Must be written in English;
•Must be endorsed by a faculty member from your university; and
•May have been submittedfor course credit or prepared exclusively for this competition.


The winning essay will be published on-line by UNHCR and CHR-AAU and the winner will receive a prize of US$1,000.

Winners will be announced in May 2020.


An internal jury composed of UNHCR experts and CHR-AAUfacultywill screen all entries. The most accomplished works will be forwarded to an expert jury composedofinternational experts.

Procédure de soumission

Soumettez votre essai au format PDF à [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED] before 17:00 Addis Ababa time on 31 December 2019.

Make sure to include:

•Your full name;
•Your date of birth;
•Your phone number and email address;
•Your nationality or country of habitual residence;
•The name of the university where you are registered;
•Proof of registration; and
•An endorsement in PDF format of no more than 200 words written by a faculty member from your university

Les critères de sélection

The internaland expert juries will judge entries by the following criteria:

•Quality of writing;
•Quality of research;
•Timeliness and importance of topic; and
•Contribution to increasing understanding of forced displacement in Africa.

Pour plus d'informations:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNHCR Essay Contest Award 2019

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