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World Refugee Day 2020 Essay Competition by UNHCR & TISS, Mumbai: Submit by July 10: Expired


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Mumbai University invites short essays on the theme “Building Back Better Together for Everyone: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Stateless amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The theme for the Year 2020 promotes inclusivity and acceptance of all those who seek shelter and security. Refugees suffer from a sense of exclusion and therefore deserve to be protected and integrated into society. Every refugee must feel a sense of belongingness. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgency to protect the vulnerable is now more than ever.


The top three essays will be published on the official website of UNHCR India. The winners will also be invited to discuss their essays with a distinguished panel of UNHCR experts and professors from TISS and Mumbai University.


The Competition sub-themes promote contextually relevant, multidisciplinary and clear expositions involving critical analysis of the contemporary challenges through the prism of the COVID-19 Pandemic, these are:

  • Challenges to the protection of refugees in situations of mass influx during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Developing mechanisms for the effective economic inclusion of refugees.
  • The need for a gendered perspective on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate adverse impacts on female refugees.
  • Comprehensive approaches to combating toxic narratives against migrants refugees and the stateless: Solidarity in times of pandemic and beyond.
  • Exploring new partnerships: How international organizations and private sector can support refugee-led organizations.
Eligibility Criteria

The competition is being organized for all students pursuing recognized undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees in law, public policy and social sciences, and other disciplines.

Call for Submissions
  1. All submissions must be in English.
  2. The essay should be an unpublished, original piece of writing.
  3. Only one essay per author may be submitted. An essay may be co-authored by up to 2 authors.
  4. Incomplete, multiple, or plagiarised submissions will be summarily rejected.
  5. The word count should range from 2000-2500 words.
  6. The preferred stylistic guidelines are as follows – Font: Times New Roman; Font Size: 12 pt.; Line spacing: 1.5 7.
  7. The essay should contain in-text citations in the form of hyperlinks. Hyperlinks should be underlined and italicized.
  8. All submissions should be made in the form of a word document via an email to
  9. The author(s) must be careful not to mention their institutional affiliation/ name within the essay document.
  10. The author(s) may provide a short bio in 100 words with regard to their work and research interests within the body of the email.
Important Dates
  • The deadline for submitting the essay is 1700 hours (Indian Standard Time) on the 10th of July 2020.
  • The results will be declared on 30th July 2020.

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