Foreign Policy Association: Student Essay & Video Competition

What is America’s Biggest Challenge in the World?

Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maximum essay length: 750 words

Maximum video length: 5 minutes

Winners in each medium will be chosen by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs.

Criteria for judging: • Creative personal engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic • Compelling demonstration of the position you take • Breadth and depth of the vision you present 


  • 1st prize: $1,500 and expenses for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City.

  • 2nd prize: $500

  • 3rd prize:  $500


Winners will be announced in early April 2018.


Videos should be posted to YouTube and a link sent to

Please email essays as attachments to  or mail to:

Foreign Policy Association
470 Park Avene South
New York, NY 10016