Faith & Globalisation Essay Competition Opens

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Faith & Globalisation Essay Competition Opens

03 Sep 2014

We are proud to announce this year's essay competition exclusively for Faith & Globalisation students with prizes that include one fully funded and two partially funded places at our Intensive Training Course at McGill University in June 2015.

The Faith Foundation works on programmes that combine education and exposure to ensure that stereotypes are overcome and to foster a better understanding of each other that will help to counter these ideologies and build peace. We are proud to support university courses that can help to make this a reality and are keen to showcase the potential of students that these courses foster. Students within the Faith and Globalisation Teaching Network, currently studying these topics, will be future business, political and civil society leaders. They will be taking their ideas on these topics into the world and practically applying their knowledge to ensure that religion is a part of the solution. Our essay competition provides an opportunity for them to start building their knowledge, thoughts and concerns into constructive policy proposals.

Religious extremist ideologies are one of the greatest challenges for the 21st century, just as political ideologies were for the 20th century. Yet religious cooperation and understanding are also essential to reconciliation and peace-­‐building processes. The Faith Foundation works on programmes that combine education and exposure to ensure that stereotypes are overcome and to foster a better understanding of each other to counter these ideologies and build peace.

The Competition

Faith & Globalisation Essay Competition

 

The Faith Foundation is proud to support university courses that can help to make this a reality and we are keen to showcase the potential of students that these courses foster. Students within the Faith & Globalisation Teaching Network will be future business, political and civil society leaders. They will be taking their ideas on these topics into the world and practically applying their knowledge to ensure that religion is a part of the solution. This essay competition provides an opportunity for them to start building their knowledge, thoughts and concerns into constructive policy proposals.

This competition is open to students taking faith and globalisation affiliated courses at universities within the Faith & Globalisation Teaching Network. The best entry from each country category will win a partially funded place at our Intensive Training Course in June 2015. The three winning essays will then be judged against each other and the overall winner will receive a fully funded place. The three winning and six runner-up essays will be published online by the Faith Foundation.

The Essay

Religion can often be part of the cause of a conflict situation, being used to foment disquiet amongst followers around a particular issue. However, it can equally be essential in placating dissenters and an important partner in peacebuilding and reconciliation work. How claims on religious identity by religious groups and policy makers are used and managed can therefore be critical in the resolution of conflict situations.

Essays should formulate policy options on 'How to engage religious groups in resolving conflict in...' one of the following countries: Nigeria, the Central African Republic or Myanmar (Burma). Essays should analyse the current conflict situation in the chosen country and propose three policy proposals as to how religious groups can be engaged in the resolution of that situation. Entrants should intend the essay to be used by the Faith Foundation to brief foreign policy makers. We recommend that students follow the guidelines for constructing a policy brief that can be found here.

Essays should not be more than 1500 words; any exceeding this limit will be automatically discounted. Essays should analyse one country only. Essays not analysing one of the stated countries will not be considered. Essays should be fully referenced in the Oxford Referencing System using footnotes and a full bibliography. Footnotes and bibliography are not included in the word count. Footnotes should include references only. Substantive text in footnotes will not be taken into account as part of your argument. Essays should be written in English.

Judging

Essays will be shortlisted by the Faith Foundation and judged by Jonathan Powell, Founder and Chief Executive of Inter Mediate; Sir Michael Barber, Special Representative on Education to the UK's Department for International Development; and Charlotte Keenan, Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Judging will assess:

Theoretical and Empirical Content: Relevant concepts, theories and evidence are used appropriately and effectively, demonstrating detailed knowledge of the topic at hand. The case study reflects the nature of the question. Appropriate theoretical and empirical content is brought to bear upon the case study.

Focus and Structure: There is a clear and consistent focus upon the question. The structure is clear, concise and well signposted. The essay is clearly formulated for the intended audience. The essay uses a wide range of sources that are properly referenced in the style dictated in the referencing instructions.

Argument and Analysis: Arguments are logical and persuasive showing analytical rigour and precision. Analysis is concise, focusing on the most pertinent points and highlighting points of complexity. Policy proposals are logical and well reasoned and based upon the evidence drawn from the case study and theoretical material studied.

Timeline and Submission

This competition accounts for the fact that Faith and Globalisation courses run at different times of the year in different universities. For courses run in the autumn, the deadline will be 30th November, 2014. For courses run in the spring, the deadline will be 1st March, 2015. Judging will take place in April and the announcement will be made at the beginning of May, 2015.

Submission will be by email attachment to fgi@tonyblairfaithfoundation.org with the subject heading 'Essay Competition Submission'. Students should clearly state in the email the university that they are from and the conflict situation they are analysing.

For more information you can contact Faith & Globalisation Manager, Thomas Thorp at: fgi@tonyblairfaithfoundation.org