Ensom Prize


The Ensom Prize, awarded annually for an essay, is open to all undergraduates of the University of Canterbury and all graduates of not more than one year's standing from their first degree, who at the time of their graduation were students of the University of Canterbury.

2018 Essay topics:

"In recent years, populism has been on the rise in all corners of the world and with it, increasing challenges to the international human rights framework. Write an analysis of the phenomenon and discuss how this might affect New Zealand's foreign policy. "


"Economic nationalism and protectionism have become increasing popular globally and New Zealand is certainly no exception. Why should New Zealand be concerned about this trend -- both globally and domestically? What can small states, like New Zealand, do to contain the effects of economic nationalism and protectionism?"

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The online application system will begin accepting applications eight weeks before the closing date.
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The subject of the essay shall be prescribed from year to year and shall be such as to enable candidates to advocate a constructive policy for the promotion and preservation of international peace and goodwill. Candidates are recommended to keep their essays within the limit of 3,000 words. Essays may be published in any form the Vice-Chancellor may approve.

Closing Dates
30 Sep 2018

How to apply for this scholarship

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.

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Application required only. General (any College). Undergraduate. Domestic Students. International Students.


While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct, applicants are advised to check the application forms and regulations for eligibility criteria, scholarship value and tenure, and closing dates.