The Policy Essay Competition for Nigerian Undergraduate Students 2020

The Policy Competition was conceived as a platform for the grooming and harvesting of ideas on solving some of Nigeria’s developmental challenges from its youth population. Although the challenges are well known, there has been no serious effort to introduce young Nigerians to public policy in a manner that draws on the creativity and intelligence of this demography. It is however clear to the discerning that Nigeria would have no better future if her youth remain unskilled in the art and science of pubic policy.

It is, therefore, on this basis that the Policy Competition was established.  The promoters of the initiative believe firmly that the state of affairs our dear country presents a challenge to the creativity, intelligence and resourcefulness of the Nigerian. The Policy Competition aims to galvanize the Nigerian Youth to accept this challenge through active participation in the public policy process. It is expected that a deeper and better appreciation of the manifold issues at stake will lead to higher levels of preparedness by aspiring leaders and improve the quality of leadership in our society. We recognize the audacity of this ambition and we remain committed to its realization.

The maiden edition of the Competition is exclusive to undergraduate students. With this, we aim to cast the instruction being received within a framework of nation building and development. 

Eligibility and Requirement

  • This competition is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in a tertiary institution in Nigeria.
  • No application fee is required.
  • All applications should not contain more than 2000 words, excluding citations.
  • The submission deadline of all applications is September 10, 2020.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email provided.
  • You are required to show proof that you are a student by either providing your statement of result or your student identity card.
  • Participants are expected to register on the portal. Submissions must be made by a team of at least two students.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online

Assessment Criteria

A complete brief: does it have a complete policy brief

Realism: is the policy proposal a realistic solution for the problem?

Originality: is this a new idea? Alternatively, is this idea

Evidence: Are the policy recommendations evidence-based, with reputable sources cited?

Impact: Do they include an understanding of the short-term, medium-term, and long-term impact of the policy proposal? Is it sustainable in the long-term? How will this impact the lives of minority groups in the area? Are

Ethics: Is there are nuanced understanding of the culture, political, economic and social contexts in which this policy will be implemented? Will this policy have a strategic buy-in from different stakeholders?

Delivery: Did the team present/speak well or present in an engaging fashion, much like a pitch? Were team members generally involved in giving the presentation

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