The Essay competition is an opportunity for all students passionate to explore the field of social sciences further and also use their writing to delve into the ideas and topics of today. The Economic Tribune, together with the Economist’s Society is organizing this competition to provide a platform for future economists and wider social scientists to demonstrate their ability to write persuasive essays as well as hone skills in argumentation, research and clarity in writing. Further, the competition invites undergraduate students within the UK to explore a wide range of thought-provoking questions and share their perspective on the relevant socio-economic questions of today.

The top 5 short-listed entries will be judged by Professors at the UCL Economics Department. The best three essays will be celebrated during the virtual Explore Econ conference at the end of the academic year.

15 OCT 2020

Competition Open

25 NOV 2020

Deadline for submission

JAN 2021

Result Announcement


  • Entrants would be expected to submit an 800 word essay on one of the 4 essay questions across themes such as Coronavirus pandemic, Media and Politics, Sustainability in the modern world, and Innovation and Culture.The essay questions are mentioned in the top-right poster 

  • Out of all the submitted entries, we will shortlist the top 5 entries and UCL Economics professors will judge these entries to select the top 3 winners


  • This competition is only open to undergraduate students enrolled in a UK-based university.

    Applicants may note that they would be expected to upload a proof, showing that they are enrolled in a UK based university.

    Eg: Student ID card or Statement of Student Acceptance


  • Your submitted essay should be your own original work. It can refer to work done by academics, but they must be referenced appropriately. (we suggest you follow Harvard Style)

  • You cannot make any revisions to the essay once it is submitted

  • Late submissions will not be considered

  • Personal data relating to the entrants would be only used for the purpose of the competition and not disclosed to any other party without prior consent.

  • The work submitted here should not have been sent for publication in any other journal or in any other competition.

  • The winner and the runners up would be contacted via the email which they have used to submit the essay. 

  • Plagiarized essays will be disqualified immediately. 

  • The Economic Tribune and Economist’s Society reserve the final right to make amendments to the above terms and conditions and select the winners of the competition. 

Thank you for your submission and participants would be contacted around January regarding the outcome of the competition


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