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European Union-The Hindu Centre Essay Competition 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Sep-2015
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AwardGroup tour and certificate.
Eligibility18 yrs and above
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Kasturi Buildings 
859 & 860, Anna Salai 
Tamil Nadu 
India 600 002

Phone :+91-44-28524445 and +91-44-28538155

Fax : +91-44-28415325

Email :

What is European Union-The Hindu Centre Essay Competition 2015?


The essay competition will target undergraduates (Bachelor's) and graduates (Master's only) and will elicit creative but practical suggestions from the youth of a country well-known as much for big ideas as for low-cost innovation, or jugaad, in informal parlance. Essays (1,500 words in English) should be submitted on or before 1700 hours September 15, 2015, on one of the following three topics:

 Climate Change in India: Challenges and Solutions

 Making India's Growth Sustainable

 Clean Development in India: the Way Forward for Towns and Cities

This initiative is being organised jointly by the European Union and The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy - two organisations committed to global understanding and India's future. After an evaluation process involving experts, the results will be announced in October, following which three winners will be invited for a short study tour to Europe.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The participant must be an Indian resident, aged 18 or older. The competition is open to Indian passport holders, resident in India.

How can you apply ?

Essays in English not exceeding 1,500 words should be sent in to the designated email addresses before September 15, 2015.


Terms and Conditions

1. ESSAY COMPETITION on Climate Change in India: Sponsored by the European Union Delegation to India and The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

The essay competition is open to students studying for an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree or graduate (Master's) degree in a recognised institution of higher education whether public or private. M.Phil and Ph.D students are not eligible to take part in the competition.

Students who have taken their exams in 2015 but had not received their results till 17 June 2015 are eligible to participate.

Students of PG Diploma courses are eligible to participate.

Essays must be submitted by 5.00 p.m., September 16, 2015 to both the followings email IDs:

All entries must have the subject line: EU-THC Essay Competition

(Nothing else should be mentioned in the Subject Line)

The format should be as follows: single line between paragraphs, single spacing between lines of a paragraph, and 12 point Times New Roman font.

The marking scheme will be as follows:

Originality 30%

Research 20%

Argument 30%

Presentation 20%

Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarism or canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.

Footnotes are allowed and will not be taken into account for the word count; but we expect essays and not research papers, so please use footnotes only if you think they are absolutely necessary.

The competition is open to Indian passport holders, resident in India.

Employees of the EU Delegation, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and their immediate families will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

The evaluation and selection of winners will take place after the deadline, and the winners announced in October 2015. Before the announcement, winners will be asked to present satisfactory proof of their eligibility in the form of a photo identity card. If necessary the organisers will contact the institution in which the student is registered for further confirmation.

Winning essays will be published on the print and digital media of the organisers with the names of the authors.

The winners' trip will be a group tour scheduled so as not to interfere with exams. While individual constraints will be considered their acceptance cannot be guaranteed.

The best 50 essayists will receive certificates.

The decision of the organisers and judges on all matters will be non-negotiable and final.

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