Mckinsey Global Institute invites young people to submit  ideas for economic growth through its 2016 Essay Competition. This contest is aimed at crowdsourcing solutions to one of Europe’s biggest political and economic conundrums: how to implement a pro-growth economic strategy that is both effective and that appeals to voters and policy-makers.

Essay Theme: Opportunity for Europe. How could a pro-growth reform program be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level? (each, an “Essay”).


The competition is open to Entrants worldwide provided that they are aged 18 years or over as of the date of entry, except:

  1. Employees, associates, directors or agents of McKinsey or its holding or subsidiary companies
  2. employees of the Jacques Delors Institute; or
  3. direct ascendants, direct descendants, siblings, spouses or partners of (1) or (2) above.


The prize is a pool of €100,000 (one hundred thousand Euros) which will be apportioned to the overall winner, the winner of the “under 30” age category and special mentions as follows:

  •  €60,000 (sixty thousand Euros) will be awarded to the overall winner
  • €25,000 (twenty-five thousand Euros) will be awarded to the winner of the “under 30” age category; and
  • €15,000 (fifteen thousand Euros) will be awarded to special mentions at the discretion of the judging panel.

Essay Requirements

  • Entries must consist of max. 5,000 words in English (does not include the title and sources).
  •  Entries should begin with a title page containing: the title of the essay, date of submission, word count, main contact author’s name, address, phone number/email address, date of birth, list of further authors.
  • Entries should include an abstract of about 200—300 words on page 1
  • Entries should be in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page, double-spaced, using A4-sized paper.
  • Entries should be page numbered starting with page 1 of the essay, but not the title page; every subsequent page should carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author’s name (to facilitate blind judging).
  • Entries must be attached as a PDF or Word document when submitted.
  • Any quotations or copyrighted material used must be identified properly.
  • References in footnote and in bibliography at the end preferred, in the following format, e.g.: Abe, Shinzo, “Unleashing the power of ‘womenomics,’” The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2013.
  • Use of the European Commission’s English Style Guide is recommended.

Essay will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  •  relevant and impactful topic,
  •  innovative and insightful proposal,
  • fact-based and clear line of written argument,
  •  politically and economically feasible concept, and
  • mindful of growth impact as well as environmental and social implications.

How to Enter

  • visit (the “Competition Website”) to download the application form or download below
  • submit your Essay to (the “Competition Email Address”) in either Adobe pdf or Microsoft Word format, together with the following documents (the “Application Documents”) by the Closing Date:
    •  a signed and completed application form confirming that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Rules;
    •  a colour photograph of each author in jpeg format; and
    • a short biography of each author, no more than two hundred (200) words.

The following resources are intended to guide applicants through the entry process

Application Deadline: July 31, 2016

For more information, click HERE


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