Essay Contest

Each year, the Buckley Institute sponsors two essay contests: one for Yale undergraduates and one for American high school students. The winners receive monetary awards and an invitation to our annual conference.


Since 2013, the Buckley Institute has held an annual essay contest inviting Yale undergraduates and high school students from across the country to comment on a question of major political significance. The top three essayists in both the high school and Yale undergraduate contests are awarded $1,000, $500, or $250, and are invited to receive their award at the Buckley Institute’s annual conference.

Past Topics

  • Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom
  • James Burnham’s Suicide of the West
  • What is the Greatest Threat to Free Speech?

Current Essay Contest

There is currently no open essay contest. Check back over the summer for updates.