JCSR Essay competition

Annual Essay Competition


Challenges and Promises of Fratelli tutti

Please read Fratellti tutti here.

This year's annual essay competition invites creative reflections based on Pope Francis' Encyclical (circular letter), Fratelli tutti (We are all brothers [and sisters]). This letter, inspired by the simple and sustainable life style of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), is addressed to all people and urges us to to remove the dark clouds hovering over our precious planet. It is a challenge to rediscover and sustainable and flourishing life for all!

You may take any one insight from this encyclical (eg: Dark clouds, shattered dreams, without borders, historical consciousness, etc.) and reflect on it with the help of other authors. The essay can contribute to making the world a better one, where we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

  • Last date to submit: Jan 26, 2022

  • No of words: 1500-2000

  • Bibliography and refences are appreciated (APA Style)

  • Include Abstract (150 words) and About the author (75 words)

You are encouraged to submit the essay through google form. Or else mail with attachment to to jcsr[at]jdv.edu.in


  • First Prize: ₹ 5,000*

  • Second Prizes: ₹ 3,000*

  • Third Prizes: ₹ 2,000*

  • 10 Consolation Prizes: ₹ 1,000

Please Note

  • A workshop will be conducted for those who register before October 28, 2021. In order to register, send an email with your full name, bio details, educational background and contact address to jcsr[at]jdv.edu.in

  • You are welcome to add footnotes and references. Keep the footnotes to minimum.

  • Selected Essays will be published with DOI and ISSN. See model.

  • Avoid plagiarism by all means. Each article will be checked for plagiarism using software.

  • Preferably use APA style with in-text citation. For details and model essays, please see.

  • In the essay, please try to be focused and specific. You may quote scientists, religious leaders or thinkers.

To read the encyclical, click here


The Goals of This Project

  • Foster creative dialogue between science and religion

  • Draw insights from the rich cultural traditions of India

  • Seek wisdom from all corners so that all of us can live harmoniously

  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration between different traditions, cultures and groups.

  • Realise that when we work together, the synergy produced is much more than the sum of the individual components.

  • Recognise that there is much more to learn from the other than the appearance.

(This competition was formerly called ASSR Annual Essay Competition)

Select articles will be published with Digital Object Identifier in journal with ISSN.

In Collaboration with

St. Xavier's University, Kolkata

Christ College, Pune

Loyola Institute for Peace and International Relations, Kochi