We are accepting submissions for the SNF Agora Essay Competition: Vox Populi !

The Student Engagement Board of the SNF Agora Institute invites all JHU undergraduate students to participate in the first SNF Agora Essay Competition. This competition seeks to gather student perspectives on the following question:

What do citizens want in a democracy,  and what reform(s) can best ensure their wants are met?

Essays should be between 800-1000 words. They should demonstrate an understanding of the current political environment—locally, nationally or globally—as it relates to the essay prompt. Specific examples and well-researched facts should be combined with students’ observations and experiences.

The winners of this year’s contest will receive:

1st place: $300 cash prize

2nd place: $150 cash prize

Honorable Mention: $50

All three winning essays will be published in the Fulcrum.

The Fulcrum is a news and media platform where insiders and outsiders to politics are informed, meet, talk, and act to repair democracy and make it live and work in our everyday lives.


Essay Writing Guidance:

Essay should follow APA Style guidelines. 

Students are encouraged to:

  • Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
  • Cite facts and arguments when appropriate to support their answers
  • Express their ideas in cohesive sentences that are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Address diverse viewpoints in a respectful manner
  • Organize the essay in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly



Only open to JHU undergraduate  students


Submission Deadline:

November 13, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET


How to submit:

Students are encouraged to send a PDF copy to  [email protected]. Subject line of the email should be “SNF Agora Essay Competition.”


Contact person:

Catherine Pierre – [email protected]