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The Woolf Institute's William Kessler Essay Prize competition began in 2020, with thanks to the Kessler family. 

Each Michaelmas, UK Undergraduate and graduate students (Masters level) are invited to submit an up to 1500 words essay which broadly addresses one of the following topics:

- Interfaith Encounters on Campus and in Academia
- Secular Societies, Religious Followers; Opportunities? Challenges?
- Modern Identities – the Intersection between Race, Faith and Gender
- Lessons from the Past: How Interfaith Work can Benefit from Historical Research

Essays will be judged by the Woolf Institute's leading academic staff. The top six leading essay writers will be invited to present on their essays in a virtual event which will take place at the beginning of December. An expert panel will then vote on the winner, who will receive a prize of £250. In addition, the top three essays will be published on our website and social media platforms.

Essays should be sent as a Word or pdf document to

Key Dates for 2021:

Competition opens: 4 October
Competition Closes: 23 October
Shortlisted Essays: 12 November
Presentation Event held: Beginning of December