2019 IAEA Nuclear Security Essay Competition for Students and Early Career Professionals

Deadline: September 6, 2019.

Students and professionals below the age of 35 can now submit entries to the IAEA’s 2020 International Essay Competition on Nuclear Security for Students and Early Career Professionals in cooperation with the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). The contest is part of the IAEA’s International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts, taking place from 10 to 14 February, 2020 at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

“Through this competition, the IAEA hopes to learn about innovative ideas and perspectives on the future of nuclear security,” said Senior Nuclear Security Officer Darren Chen, the scientific secretary for the 2020 conference. “The conference themes may serve as an inspiration for the essays, but we welcome entries related to any nuclear security topics. They in particular encourage qualified women and authors from developing countries to participate.”



1. The competition is only open to nationals of IAEA Member States.
2. Applicants must be 35 years of age and under (born after 1st January 1986). Finalists will be requested to send their identification documents (E.g. copy of passport) to facilitate administrative arrangements and travel to Austria.
3. Essay maximum word count: 1,000.
4. Entries in any official language of the IAEA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be accepted. However, applicants should note that for an impartial and fair judging process, best essays will be translated into English if needed and be subject to a blind evaluation at the final selection stage. Therefore, applicants who wish to ensure the quality of the translation may choose to submit their essays in English.
5. Only one essay is allowed per entrant. Once an essay has been submitted, applicant will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check before submitting the final copy and ensure that all supplementary information is correct.
6. All essays must be an original work by the applicant in their own words, except for quotations from published and unpublished sources, which are clearly indicated and acknowledged as such. Citations must follow internationally recognized styles (Chicago, MLA, ACS, IEEE, NLM,Vancouver, AAA, APA, APSA, etc.), and applicants can at any time be requested to provide clarification of the source. Any content that can be identified as plagiarism will immediately be disqualified.



1. Three finalists will receive cash prizes of €2000 and a certificate signed by the IAEA Director General.

2. In addition, the finalists will receive flight tickets, accommodation and daily living
expenses to attend and present their essays at ICONS 2020 side event in Vienna, Austria (10-14February 2020).

3. The essays will be posted on the IAEA Conference Website with a link on the
IAEA Conference App for the duration of the Conference and included in the conference proceedings.



The submission e-mail should:
• Be sent to ICONS2020@iaea.org
• Contain “Essay Competition 2020”_”applicant’s family name” in the subject line
– E.g. Essay Competition 2020_Smith
• Have the essay as an attachment in MS Word format
• Contain the following information in the body of the e-mail:
1. Applicant’s first and last name as in the passport:
2. Title (Mr/Ms):
3. School/organization/affiliation:
4. If a student, enrolled prog




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