Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize*

Essay Contest

The Abdelkader Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of Emir Abdelkader’s relevance for today.

Who can participate? Any student enrolled in high school or college in the United States, including exchange students.

Why participate? To recover lost history with lessons for today. Be part of a global campaign to discover a forerunner of the Geneva Convention, admired by President Lincoln, and learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of Emir Abdelkader. His example fosters cultural literacy, challenges stereotypes, counters extremism, and inspires courageous moral behavior. He was a 19th century hero who represents a model of statesman so important for creating understanding and balance in thinking about critical issues today.


High School Students: 1st Place = $1,000 and 2nd Place = $500
College/Graduate Students: 1st Place – $1,500 and 2nd Place – $1,000

*2018-2019 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize contests will be launched soon. We look forward to sharing details with you!