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IAFIE 2016 Essay Competition

IAFIE 2016 Essay Competition

The International Association for Intelligence Education ( is pleased to announce its Essay Competition for 2016. This competition promotes IAFIE’s goal of providing a forum for the creation of knowledge and the dissemination and exchange of ideas and information for those interested in and concerned with intelligence education.

The competition is open to everyone with an interest in furthering intelligence education. (IAFIE board members, officers, and staff are not eligible to compete.)

There are two award categories: professional and student.



Professional: All papers submitted in the professional category must respond to the following question:

How should we select, educate, train and professionally develop the intelligence officers and analysts of the future?


Explanatory note for academic staff:  Professors and academic staff administering intelligence programs at universities and colleges might like to consider integrating the essay competition into their programmed assessments for courses and units of study. IAFIE encourages professors and academic staff to nominate or encourage students to submit quality papers for the essay competition. In order for the essay competition to fit the wide scope of existing intelligence programs, no specific topic or question will be set; there are simply five broad themes.

Student:  Papers submitted in the student category may address any one of the following broad themes:

  1. Intelligence education and training
  2. Intelligence policy
  3. Intelligence operations
  4. Intelligence history
  5. Intelligence failure


The International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE)


First place finishers in each category will receive a $1,000 cash award, and second place finishers in each category will each receive $500 in cash.  First and second place finishers will have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IAFIE website, receive recognition in the IAFIE Newsletter, and receive a one-year free membership in IAFIE.  In the case that no submissions are of a sufficiently high standard, the committee reserves the right not to make an award.


April 30, 2016


  • All papers eligible for submission must be the original work of a single individual and not have been submitted for publication in any journal, newsletter, magazine, or other mechanism of public distribution.
  • Papers submitted for consideration in the student awards may have been submitted as an item of assessment in an undergraduate or postgraduate academic program.
  • Professional – An individual who is working or who has worked as an intelligence practitioner, or an individual who is or has been involved in teaching intelligence studies or providing intelligence training (i.e., teacher, trainer, consultant).
  • Graduate Student – A full-time or part-time graduate student currently enrolled with a college or university.
  • Undergraduate Student – A full-time or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in a college or university.
  • Submissions must be in ONE word document (please NO PDFs) and include a title page with the following:
  1. Author’s name
  2. Contact information (include phone, email, and mailing address)
  3. Category (professional, graduate student, or undergraduate student)
  4. 150-word (or less) biography
  5. Name of the organization where you work, or college or university you attend
  6. Title of the essay
  • Essays must be submitted in English, must not exceed 3,500 words (excluding endnotes and bibliography), and should be submitted double-spaced using Times New Roman, 12-point font.  Please number the pages.
  • Essays must be original and not previously published. Submission constitutes permission to publish.
  • Deadline for submission: April 30, 2016, midnight EST.
  • Email your submission to:
  • Notification: Award winners will be notified no later than May 31, 2016.
  • Evaluation criteria: A panel of intelligence professionals will judge all entries and select the winners for each category. Essays will be evaluated on their relevance to the question, resourcefulness, clarity of the argument, logic and coherence, evidentiary support, and the quality of the exposition.
  • Non-awarding of prizes: IAFIE reserves the right not to award prizes if no entry of sufficient merit is submitted for consideration.


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