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Arab youth essay contest

The Brookings Doha Center is organizing an essay contest to engage young Arabs between the ages of 21 and 30 and aims to identify the talents and contributions of a new generation. By providing a channel for young people to offer creative and constructive solutions to key issues facing the region, the Brookings Doha Center seeks to generate new and innovative ideas on the regional level.

Established in 2008, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. As a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region, the BDC advances high-quality, independent research and policy analysis on the Middle East and North Africa.

The first place winner will receive $2000, the runner up $1000, and honorable mention(s) $500. A panel of leading scholars and experts from the Brookings Institution may select one or more winning essays to be published by the Brookings Doha Center, as well as being featured on the Center’s website. The selected winner(s) may be hosted at an event at the Brookings Doha Center to present their ideas to the media, academic, diplomatic and policy communities. Entries must be submitted by November 1, 2018.


“What do you consider the most significant economic or social change that would create a positive change for your country’s citizens? Please suggest policy recommendations that your government can take to help bring this change about.”


Submitted essays must be between 800 and 1200 words in English or Arabic (excluding footnotes). Entries must be original, unpublished work. Submissions should be sent in Word format with footnotes, if appropriate. Within the document, state your full legal name, nationality (with a copy of your passport), place of residence, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, and institutional affiliation if applicable.

Entries that do not follow these guidelines are subject to disqualification.

Please send entries to dohacenter@brookings.edu. The file name should be labeled as follows: [Last name. First name. BDC Essay Contest].


The competition is open to citizens of the 22 members of the League of Arab States between the ages of 21 and 30. Applicants must have received their undergraduate degrees at the time of application.


A select panel of fellows and scholars of the Brookings Institution will evaluate entries. Essays will be judged for clarity, style, content, and originality of argument. The winners will be notified by January 2019.

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