2009 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest

The Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest encourages students around the world to study the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty.

The Templeton Essay Contest awards cash fellowships to the authors of the top three essays, with entries reviewed by a panel of three distinguished scholars. Here is this year’s topic:

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become
corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

—Benjamin Franklin

Which virtues contribute the most toward achieving freedom, and how can the institutions of civil society encourage the exercise of those virtues?

For more information including essay guidelines, please visit the contest website.

Essays are due by May 1, 2009.