Contest on the Best Essays on Socio-Economic/Economics, Political Economy and Finance Topics

The Higher School of Economics and The Political Economy Research Center of the M. Narikbayev KazGUU University is delighted to announce this call for submissions to the competitive award which seeks to recognize outstanding work of talented students who will join a Research Mentorship Program that aims to develop the young research community. It aims to encourage bright and gifted future researchers to continue the tradition of academic excellence and critical thought in academia.

The successful candidate (First Prize Winner) will be awarded a scholarship to study for Master’s degree (MS in Economics or MS in Finance) offered by HSE. The scholarship covers tuition fee and housing expenses for those living outside of Nur-Sultan city. In addition, during your study at the HSE and as a First Prize Winner you will be offered a paid job at the University (as teaching/research assistant). After successful graduation in the Master’s programme, you will be offered a placement at the University with competitive salary and will have to work at the University at least one year. During this time under the Research Mentorship Program you will have an academic mentor who will help you with application for the Doctoral level study if you decide to pursue a career in academia.

Second, Third and Forth Prize Winners will be awarded a certificate for participation in the contest. In addition, your contribution to the competition will be taken into account by the Academic Committee of the HSE when you submit your graduation dissertation.

Eligibility: The prize is open to third- and forth-year students of the Higher School of Economics. You need to write in English an essay of your choice on the topic broadly related to socio-economic/economics, political economy and finance issues within the field of expertise of the HSE professors (please, familiarize yourself with their research interests on the HSE website – The length of an essay (12 Times Roman, 1.5-line spaced) is between 1000-2000 words and deal with, for example, the following topics:

• financial market instability and measures to regulate financial markets
• the scope of monetary policy in the face of asset price bubbles and intensified currency competition
• problems of fiscal, trade and industrial policy
• labour relations
• alternatives to austerity and privatization
• political economy of digitalization and platform capitalism
• issues and approaches in feminist economics/the care economy
• consequences of global warming and problems of a social and ecological transformation
• Eurasian Union
• economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic
• etc.

The Organizing Committee of the HSE will select the best five essays. The Finalists will then have to present their work in a 5-10 minutes presentation format where the First Prize Winner will be selected.

Deadlines: please submit your essay by 15 May 2021 to Dr. Kuat Akizhanov via email,

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