Applications open for the TEPSA Student Contest! [DEADLINE PASSED]

With the support of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) Programme, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) is organising a student contest on the theme of ‘the EU in a post pandemic world’, open to high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students from the TEPSA network and beyond.

The pandemic has taken a huge toll in the world and has changed the way in which many different subjects are understood. What will the EU’s position be in the post-pandemic world? Will the EU come out stronger after the pandemic ends, or will it emerge as a weakened party in the world’s geopolitics?

These are crucial questions in the debate on the future of the European Union. TEPSA aims to contribute to this debate and reach a possible solution to these questions by giving the possibility to young Europeans to make their voices heard and to share their insights on this important theme.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The contest is open to high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students:

  • Under the first strand, the interested students should submit a short essay or a policy brief (1500-2000 words) on one of four selected categories, in a post-pandemic frame:
    • Digital policies in the EU
    • Green policies in the EU
    • Rule of Law
    • EU in the World
  • Under the second strand, the interested students should submit a short video on how the EU and EU policy has affected their lives.
POLICY BRIEF GUIDELINES

We recommend you consult the latest APA guidelines which include standards to format your paper and your references. Some examples of topics for the first strand are provided below – however, students are not bound to these proposals and new ideas & topics are welcome:

  • What systems could the EU employ to make sure its efforts for recovery are rights-based and follow the rule of law in all its Member States?
  • What changes should be made to improve Europe’s Migration and Asylum Policy post-COVID?
  • What should the EU do to ensure Climate Action becomes a global effort?
  • How will the EU fair in post-pandemic geopolitics, with regard to strategic autonomy?
  • Clashes between Western and Eastern Member States in a post-COVID framework: how to reconcile different interests and goals?
  • Should the EU or Member States take the lead in representing Europe on the international stage? And why?
  • What can the EU do to combat disinformation online and what are the lessons learnt from COVID-19?
  • Should the EU take more responsibility for health policy in a post-pandemic world?
  • What should the new EU foreign policy preferences be?
  • How can gender equality be mainstreamed in recovery plans and be respected in all Member States?

You can have a look at the essays of last year’s winners here.

VIDEO GUIDELINES

We want young Europeans to make their voices heard, and to share their insights on the European Union. How it affects their daily lives, what they would improve, and what the EU means to them.

  • The video should be maximum 3-minutes long,
  • The video should describe how the EU affects your daily life (e.g. what part of the EU do I value in my daily life, how is climate change impacting my daily life),
  • The video should be your chance to tell EU leaders how they can improve EU policies,
  • Be creative!
APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Policy Briefs should be submitted no later than Friday 15 April 2022 (midnight) to eva.ribera[at]tepsa.eu and hugh.evans[at]tepsa.eu with “Student contest_LAST NAME” as the subject of the email. You can read the detailed call for applications here

Videos can be submitted to TEPSA’s social media on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram. It should be submitted no later than Friday 15 April 2022 (midnight). You can also send your videos to us on email to eva.ribera[at]tepsa.eu and hugh.evans[at]tepsa.eu with “Video contest_LAST NAME” as the subject of the email. You can read the detailed call for applications here.

For any question on the contest, please send an e-mail to eva.ribera[at]tepsa.eu.

PRIZES & RECOGNITION

The results of the contest will be announced by 29 April 2022 and the best papers will be published by TEPSA on its site. The three winning authors of the papers will be invited to participate free of charge in TEPSA’s EU@Work seminar for MA students and graduates taking place in Brussels in Fall 2022, with travel and accommodation costs covered (up until €200). One winning video will be published on TEPSA’s YouTube channel as well as on the TEPSA website, alongside videos from Europe’s leading academics and policy makers.

EU@Work seminars are 4-day seminars on EU affairs, gathering diverse groups of young Europeans and providing them with first-hand insights on the functioning of the EU through lectures by leading experts and visits to EU institutions.

The EU@Work Seminar will focus on European strategic autonomy or the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) negotiations and will provide participants with insights from academics, practitioners, EU officials, and civil society representatives. It will entail study visits to the main EU institutions and other Brussels-based organisations. The EU@Work Seminar for MA students and graduates will take place in Fall 2022.