The Center for the Study of American Democracy is currently seeking submissions for the George Gund Prize. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
The George Gund Prize is a $2,500 cash prize awarded annually for an exceptional essay that examines the American form of republican government as set forth in the United States Constitution.
This year, Center for the Study of American Democracy is inviting essays on the specific theme of faith in one’s fellow citizens and institutions as conditions for a well-functioning democracy.
Essays can address the theme in myriad ways but should engage in some way with one or more of the quotes given below from Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Submissions might build upon or challenge these comments, or explore difficulties the country faces in securing unity or in sustaining faith in institutions.
Essays should be analytical, original, focused and well-informed. They should avoid platitudes, partisanship, polemics and speculation. The essay is not designed to be a research paper, but should be written in a formal third-person style and follow standard procedures for scholarly documentation. The essay should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
Essay submissions for the Gund Prize are due 10 days after the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 30. Submissions must be electronic and emailed to Andrea Lechleitner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty are encouraged to suggest students to apply. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The George Gund Prize was created in 1952 by George Gund Honorary degree of 1950, longtime trustee of the College, chair of the Finance Committee, father of Graham Gund, '63 and former chair of the Cleveland Trust Company.