NEPC Young Scholars Essay Competition

Deadline: 15 October 2013
Open to: young scholars under the age of 35 whose academic interest is related to teacher policies
Prize: the best essay will be published and awarded 500 USD


The vision of Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is to develop into a strong formally established network of leading education policy centers, a global actor with local and regional expertise in education policy that promotes the values of an open, democratic, multicultural, and pluralistic society. Policy in our understanding involves implementation and evaluation as well as the formulation of new policies.

The mission of NEPC is promoting flexible, participatory, evidence-based, transparent education policies reflecting open society values, which mean proactive policy initiatives as well as advocacy and monitoring activities of governments and national education systems. The Education Policy Centers network have addressed the need for independent and information-based policy analysis, advocacy for equity, and effective, sustainable solutions in education policy processes in the last couple of years.

Network of Education Policy Centers wishes to invite all interested young scholars to respond to the essay competition on the topic: How can pre-service Teacher Education (TED) better prepare teachers for the 21st Century. Teachers and teacher policies have been identified as one of three NEPC programmatic priorities in its strategy. Thus, this is a policy area that our members consider important to influence and act upon in the coming years.


All young scholars under the age of 35 whose academic interest is related to teacher policies can apply for the competition.

All essays should refer to NEPC member countries or regions: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.


NEPC will print and publish online the best essay and award 500 USD fee to its author. In addition, top five essays will be published online.


NEPC is looking for the analytical evidence based essays or those highlighting the need for evidence (research proposals) between 1000 and 1500 words. It is required for authors to use The Chicago Manual Style for referencing.

Essays must be send to [email protected]. The entries will be reviewed and the essays will be selected by the NEPC selection committee by October 31st 2013. Deadline for submission of essays: October 15th, 2013.

For more information please contact the Network of Education Policy Centers.

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