Our scholarship program started at the end of last year and ran for a couple of months. By the time the deadline rolled around on the 28th of February 2018, we had received a huge number of amazing essays, all vying for the top spot.

After much painstaking deliberation we finally found our winners.


Winners 2018

Full Name: Gloria Regenatta Suharsa Yu Lai Yin
Country of Residence: Indonesia
University: University College London
Area of Study: Linguistics and language pathology
Read her essay here

Full Name: Jacqueline Bast
Country of Residence: Germany
University: University at Buffalo
Area of Study: MFA Media Arts Production
Read her essay here

Full Name: Shazmaan Malek
Country of Residence: United States of America
University: University at Buffalo
Area of Study: Computer Science
Read his essay here

We have contacted all finalists through email to arrange delivery of prizes. So, check your emails! (especially that pesky junk folder)

Thank you so much for all your submissions. There was so much quality work which made this decision incredibly hard. There will be more opportunities like this in the future, so, if you weren’t successful or didn’t manage to apply this time. Click the button below to subscribe for future updates.


 Essay Topic


Artificial Intelligence & Ethics: I am an autonomous system. I learn; I act accordingly. I assist. I harm. Who am I and am I accountable for the consequences of my actions?

You can think about the problem from different angles, such as, but not limited to:

• Socio-economic (AI will improve the productivity of most companies vs. people are going to lose their jobs because of AI)
• Technological (Is it a good practice to have self-driving cars and delivery drones? Who will be responsible for an incident when it occurs?)
• Healthcare (Are we going to eventually prefer the AI error to the human error in surgery and diagnosis?)
• Warfare (Is it ethical to use AI for warfare or self-defense projects? Who is going to control such advancements? How is this different from producing weapons of mass destruction?)

You are NOT restricted to this list. It is meant to exemplify possible issues, not guide your arguments.

You can pick a subtopic of your choice, or you can intertwine several of them.

Be original. Be persuasive. Use an AI to write the essay for you if you want to.

We are eager to hear from you, and will be happy to magnify your voice and make your views heard! 🙂

 How to Apply


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you need to:

  1. Be a college or high-school student
  2. Submit a 1,000 – 2,000 word essay on the essay topic set above (word or pdf document)
  3. Fill out the survey (at the bottom of the page)



Please email your essay to along with the following personal details:
• Full name
• Country of residence
• University (college)
• Area of studies

 Scholarship Rules


Please review the rules below before submitting your scholarship application.
• All essays must be written in English
• Any essay submitted to us must be the original work of the participant
• Both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university are welcome
• The decisions of the judges are conclusive and irreversible
• Essays that fail to meet the specified requirements or are sent after the submission deadline will not be considered
• By submitting an essay, the participants grant the right to freely use their essays within an appropriate context



The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018. Essays sent after the submission deadline will not be considered.



1st place – $1000
2nd place – $300
3rd place – $200

The awards will be sent via Paypal.

 Announcement of Winners


Winners will be contacted via email and featured on our website.

The awards will be sent on the day following the announcement.

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