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Atomic Reporters Essay Competition

Atomic Reporters Essay Competition 2021 (Fully-funded to Austria)

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Apply for KAS and Atomic Reporters Essay Competition 2021. Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Multilateral Dialogue Vienna and Atomic Reporters calls applications for their first study programme 2021-2022 “A Neglected Story – The Legacy of Splitting the Atom”

Participants will be selected on the basis of an essay writing competition. 25 successful candidates from across academic disciplines and countries of origin, will participate in six online seminars interspersed with learning modules, culminating in a four-day dialogue programme in Vienna with visits to the international organizations. Certificates will be awarded. An online lecture introducing the programme, and open to all, was held on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 at 16.00 CEST. Recording of the Kick-Off event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsszMLHTRok


An essay could elaborate on

  • Why the topic is of importance, especially for young people.
  • The historical background to going nuclear.
  • Putting nuclear technology to peaceful uses today and tomorrow.
  • The future of nuclear deterrence and arms control.
  • How to get countries (back) to the negotiating table?
  • How to get more interest in nuclear safety and arms control?
  • What does it mean to multilateralism?


  • Essays must be submitted in English: length, 800 – 2,000 words, single space 12 pt font size with a bibliography and short abstract.
  • Essays should be written by one person. Co-authored papers cannot be accepted.
  • The essay must be unpublished and be the original work of the applicant.
  • Contestants should submit their essays together with a CV, a short letter of motivation, and contact details – by email to [email protected] (subject line: Application, name, First Arms Control Study.
  • Programme 2021/22). The deadline for submissions is midnight CEST (Vienna time), Tuesday, 31 August.
  • Candidates will be selected by a board of experts from Atomic Reporters.
  • The authors of the 25 selected essays will be informed by end of September 2021.


  • Atomic Reporters Essay Competition is open to applicants below 35, professionals, diplomats, journalists, engineers, scholars, students, who would like to gain a deeper knowledge of nuclear topics and arms control.
  • Applicants with a background in natural science, political science, diplomacy, journalism, humanitarian law, history, geography, anthropology, international relations, mediation, war studies, public health, economics, engineering, and philosophy are especially encouraged to submit their papers.
  • Participants agree to take part in the online seminars and the study visit to Vienna.
  • Expenses of participants in the dialogue programme in June 2022 in Vienna/Austria (travel, accommodation, meals) will be covered by the organizers.
  • Certificates will be awarded.
  • The organizers will support subsequent alumni activities.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline31 August,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerKAS and Atomic Reporters



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