High School Essay Contest

Welcome to the YFPI Essay Contest! We are providing high school students interested in international politics and foreign policy with an amazing opportunity to practice research skills, educate themselves, win prizes, and be published in Yale journals. Sign up to submit your essay today!

What are the Prizes?

Essays will be graded by esteemed Yale professors in the Political Science department, Law School, and Jackson School of Global Affairs. Students whose essays place in the competition will have their work published in one of our multiple Yale publications and the winner will receive a cash prize of $300.

Essay Prompt and Guidelines

Interested in giving it a shot? Learn more about the prompt, guidelines, prizes, and submission details on the document below. Essays will be due for submission by April 14th, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST.

Submit your Essay

Submit your paper today! Make sure to pay the entry fees and provide a viewable link of your pdf submission on the form below by April 14th, 2024 at 11:59 EST as detailed in the prompt guidelines. Thank you and good luck!


Please reach out to jack.maketa@yale.edu with any questions.