The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland’s leading independent think-tank on international and European affairs, is delighted to launch the Brendan Halligan  Emerging Scholar Essay Competition, which is now open for submissions.

To enter, you must be a registered final-year Undergraduate, Masters or PhD student, attending a third-level institution on the island of Ireland.

The essay competition is an initiative of the IIEA to honour the legacy of our Founder and President, Brendan Halligan, and to give an emerging scholar the opportunity to present their essay at the IIEA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration taking place in mid-May 2021.

The winner will also receive a €1000 prize and will have their essay published on the IIEA’s website.

The entries will be judged by an expert panel on the originality and clarity of their arguments.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit by email an original unpublished essay on the topic ‘Reflections on Ireland and Europe’ which can consider the past present or future relationship between Ireland and Europe.’

To enter, please send your essay and a signed submission form to

Please read the full list of Rule and Regulations here before submitting your essay.

If you have any further questions, you can email us at

We wish all applicants the best of luck with their entries.