International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Essay Competition 2016 for Student & Young Professionals ( €2000 plus Fully Funded trip to attend the IAEA International Conference in Vienna, Austria)

Submission Deadline: Friday 12 August, 2016 at 11:59pm, Vienna Time (CET)

Following the successful International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts held in Vienna, Austria, in July 2013, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing a second conference in this area — the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions — at its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 5 to 9 December 2016.
This second international conference on nuclear security will not only provide a timely global forum in which the progress made in strengthening nuclear security worldwide can be reviewed and future developments discussed; its results will also serve as important input for the preparation of the IAEA’s next Nuclear Security Plan, which will cover the period 2018–2021.


  • IAEA invite students and early career professionals, aged 35 years and under, to submit an innovative and original essay on the future of Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions. To inspire essay topics, applicants may choose to refer to the Conference Webpage for a list of high-level themes and technical session subjects for the Conference.
  • IAEA encourages women and nationals from developing countries to participate in the essay competition.
  • IAEA also welcome those involved in the multiple disciplines supporting Nuclear Security including, but not limited to: practitioners of science, engineering, law, political science, international relations and other legal, policy and technical disciplines associated with nuclear security.
  • Length: 2,500 words and under
  • Format: Word document, submission by email to [email protected] Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for details.
  • Limit: One entry per person
  • Language: Any official language of the IAEA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).


  • 3 winners will be presented with cash prizes of €2000 and a certificate signed by the Director General of the IAEA.
  • In addition, all 3 winners will receive flight tickets, accommodation and daily living expenses to attend and present their papers at the International Conference in Vienna, Austria (5-9 December 2016).
  • The essays will be posted on the IAEA Conference Website with a link on the IAEA Conference App for the duration of the Conference.

Timelines and Selection Process

  • Submission Deadline: Friday 12 August, 2016 at 11:59pm, Vienna Time (CET)
  • The Selection Committee will be comprised of the Director of the Division of Nuclear Security and Technical Officers from the Division of Nuclear Security.
    o Submitted abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and without regard to nationality, gender, or occupation of the applicant.
    o Judging period: 1 month
  • Announcement of winners and prizes: Friday 16 September, 2016
    For any additional queries, please contact [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Essay Competition 2016 for Student & Young Professionals



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