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2015 Global Energy Essay Contest On Climate Change

2015 Global Energy Essay Contest On Climate Change

To engage students in our mission of fighting energy poverty, protecting the environment, and mitigating the effects of climate change, GEI annually organizes our Global Energy Essay Contest. This contest is a valuable platform for students from all backgrounds to share their ideas on energy issues and make their voices heard throughout the world.

Global Energy Initiative is delighted to announce the 2015 Global Energy Essay Contest. This year we are asking students to present their thoughts on the topic “Road to Paris 2015: Vision, Reality, and Solutions for a meaningful Climate Agreement”.

In 2013, GEI received an overwhelming response to the competition, with over 400 quality entries from 67 countries. This year, we expect more than 1,000 interested students from 100 countries to get involved in this exciting contest. We hope students will take this opportunity to contribute to the energy discourse and help to ensure that the global agenda for sustainable energy becomes a reality.


“Road to Paris 2015: Vision, Reality, and Solutions for a meaningful Climate Agreement”


The Global Energy Initiative

2015 Global Energy Essay Contest On Climate Change


All submitted essays will automatically be evaluated for the global and regional awards. The awards consist of two global winners and five regional winners. The classification of regions is based on university locations in the main geographical regions: Africa, Europe and Russia, The Americas, South Asia and the Middle East, and East Asia and South Pacific Countries. To see in which region your country resides, please check out our FAQ.

Contest winners will receive their awards and have the opportunity to present their creative approaches towards building a sustainable energy future at the GEI Global Conference on Sustainable Energy Future, which will be held in 2015. Airfare and accommodation will be covered.


May 15, 2015


  • Eligibility: Participants must be currently enrolled students (e.g. B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. or equivalent) OR degree holders who will graduated in either 2014 or will graduate in 2015.
  • Formatting and Style:
    • Length of Essay: 1,000-1,200 words (excluding bibliography and citations)
    • All references must appear as endnotes
    • Students must produce their own work and cite sources properly and consistently
    • Information used for research that is not cited in the essay should be listed in a bibliography page at the end
    • The essay CAN NOT mention the participant’s name, university name, or location of university to ensure anonymity during the evaluation phase
    • The essay must be written in English
    • All submissions must be typed in Times New Roman, double-spaced, with standard one-inch margins and twelve-point font
  • How to Enter/Pre-Registration:
    • Students should pre-register by filling out Global Energy Initiative’s online form HERE (preferred). Once the form has been successfully submitted, a confirmation receipt will be sent to the email address the student provides
    • If the student is unable to submit the electronic pre-registration, they can email with the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of the university where they are currently enrolled (alternative)
    • Students should not pre-register by both online form and email
  • Essay Submission:
    • Students should submit their essays through our online submission portal (preferred)
    • If the student is unable to submit through the electronic submission portal, they can email their essay as an email attachment, in Word Document or PDF form, to
    • The subject line of the email should read, “Global Energy Essay Contest 2015”
    • Please name the file as follows: First & Last Name_University Name (ex: John Smith_University of Richmond)
    • Essay must include a cover page with the contestant’s full name (with Mr. or Mrs.), address, phone number, email address, and University name
  • Evaluation Criteria: Essays will be judged on the following key points:
    • The student’s understanding of the issue
    • The student’s vision for creative solutions
    • Originality in treatment of the topic
    • Clarity and effectiveness of style and organization
  • Selection Process:
    • All eligible essay submissions received by May 15, 2015 will be reviewed by two sets of qualified expert panels in two rounds.
    • Winners will be notified by June 30 2015 and recognized during the 2015 GEI Global Conference on Sustainable Energy Future.
  • Disclaimer: By participating, applicants accept and understand the Essay Guidelines and agree to the decisions made by the judges; and to release, discharge and hold harmless Global Energy Initiative and its officers and directors from all claims arising from their participation in the contest. Applicants also release all rights to their writing upon submission.


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