The Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest for students is held every year. The submission deadline this year is May 1, 2008. Winners will be announced in October, 2008. The 2008 Templeton Fellowships will be awarded for the best essay on the topic:
For decades social critics in the United States and throughout the Western world have complained that “property” rights too often take precedence over “human” rights, with the result that people are treated unequally and have unequal opportunities. Inequality exists in any society. But the purported conflict between property rights and human rights is a mirage—property rights are human rights.
—Armen Alchian, “Property Rights” in The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
Are property rights human rights? How are they related? What are their similarities and differences? If property rights are human rights, why have they enjoyed fewer legal protections and intellectual champions than other human rights?
Please visit the Guidelines page for more information about how to write your essay.
First Prize: $2,500
Second Prize: $1,500
Third prize: $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2008