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Download here: Essay Contest Guidelines




International Journal Publication

Winning essays will be published in The Review of Faith & International Affairs journal



International Conference Presentation

1st place winners will present their papers at the Institute for Global Engagement’s

international conference on Religion and Law in S.E. Asia, in Singapore in December 2016


Cash Prize for Professionals

Winner: US$ 2,500

Runner-up: US$ 1,500


Cash Prize for Students

Winner: US$ 1,000

Runner-up: US$ 500



July 1, 2016



Essays must compare the formation of religious freedom in one or more Southeast Asian countries

(or Southeast Asia as a whole) with the formation of religious freedom in one or more countries in

the West (or the West as a whole). Essays can discuss key socio-political factors, legal contexts,

individual leaders, and/or major current and emerging issues and threats related to religious

freedom in Southeast Asia and the West. Essays should identify examples of positive progress and

also examples of erosion of religious and other freedoms both in Southeast Asia and the West, and

the practical lessons that might be learned.


Essays will be evaluated by a panel of five experts chosen by the Institute for Global Engagement, in

consultation with the Institut Leimena. Submitted essays will be judged on both content and style.

In order to be competitive, an essay must focus directly on the essay contest topic and be clear,

engaging, logically organized, and cogently argued.


Essay Contest for Students Rules:
  • A student entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate, or Graduate Student.
  • Essays submitted to the Student Contest must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length

(inclusive of references).


Essay Contest for Professionals Rules:
  • A professional entrant can be employed in any field, and must not be enrolled in any degree

program on more than a quarter-time basis.

  • Essays submitted to the Professional Contest must be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length

(inclusive of references).


  • The contest is open to any writer who is a citizen of ASEAN countries; entrants need not be

currently resident in ASEAN countries.

  • Essays must be original works, not previously published, in whole or in part. Any degree or form

of plagiarism will result in disqualification.

  • Essays should use citations sparingly. Essays must use the “Harvard” (author date) style for

citations, and must include a Bibliography of Works Cited at the end.

  • Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property. Entrants agree to

indemnify the Institute for Global Engagement for any claim, demand, judgment or other

allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally

protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.

  • Essay submissions must be accompanied by an up-to-date CV, including current mailing

address, email address, and phone number. Only one essay per entrant may be submitted.

  • Essays are only accepted electronically as email attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF file

format. Please send to:


  • Essays must be received via email no laterthan 11:59 PM Jakarta (GMT +7) on July 1, 2016.
  • All entrants will be notified of results by September 1, 2016. The decisions of the judges are final.
  • Prize winners agree to allow the Institute for Global Engagement to publish, at its sole discretion,

their essays online and in The Review of Faith & International Affairs(

and to either assign copyright or grant exclusive license to the Institute for Global Engagement.

  • First-place winners will be invited to Singapore in December 2016, to present their papers at an

international conference on religion and law in Southeast Asia. All travel expenses will be covered.

  • Winners will be solely responsible for any taxes and currency conversion fees.
  • Employees of the Institute for Global Engagement or the Institut Leimena, its board of directors

and their immediate family members are not eligible.



Please forward all your questions and inquiries to:

Download here: Essay Contest Guidelines

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