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Eon Essay Contest

Eon Essay Contest

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15000 USD
3 countries
15 Jun 2024
Application deadline


The Eon Essay Contest is an effective altruism-aligned nonprofit; they believe in using reason and evidence to do good. They are raising awareness about the importance of avoiding existential risks. 


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Up to $15,000

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • other


Eon Essay Contest is open to all students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) between 13 and 24. To enter, you must read the book The Precipice by Toby Ord and write an essay on one of the essay prompts provided on the contest website. The Precipice explores the science behind existential risks, which are risks that threaten the destruction of humanity’s longterm potential. Ending these risks is among the most pressing moral issues of our time.

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The $15,000 first place winner will be selected from all entrants.

The three $5,000 second place winners will be selected one from each age bracket.

The six $2,000 third place winners will be selected two from each age bracket.


  • Full-time and part-time students are eligible if they are either (1) enrolled during the 2023-24 school year OR (2) will be enrolled during the 2024-25 school year.
  • You are eligible to enter if you are a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (but not Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), or the United Kingdom.
  • To enter, you must be a student (grade-school, undergraduate, or graduate) aged 13 to 24, read The Precipice, and submit an essay.

Scholarship requirements




3 countries



Study experience required

High school


13 to 24 years old


Application deadline

15 Jun 2024

Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words on one of the prompts below by midnight Pacific Time on June 15, 2024. 

13-18 Age Bracket

Pick a transformative technology you think will be created someday. Imagine that you are in a position of responsibility for it. 

19-21 Age Bracket

If the ideas in this book are correct, what does that imply about what a group you are familiar with should be doing differently? What could incentivize them to do that? You may talk about a group like a research lab, a government body, a nonprofit, a media company, a corporation, or an international organization.

22-24 Age Bracket

What, according to you, is missing from this book? This missing piece can be data, analysis, or an argument. The missing piece can either strengthen or weaken a conclusion from the book.


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