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The Young Sociologist of the Year competition has now been launched.



The Young Sociologist of the Year award is an essay-based competition co-funded by the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI), Marino Institute of Education (MIE), and the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS).

We are delighted to see that so many Leaving Cert students have chosen the Politics and Society option and so many Northern Irish students are pursuing A Level Sociology. We want to encourage and reward students who are learning to think about how the society we live in is structured and organised. This competition is an opportunity for students to address themes relevant within our Society today. The essay could also be a piece of work that will be relevant to the Leaving Cert citizenship project. Read about previous award winners on the Sociological Association of Ireland website.

Call for Submissions:

If you are interested in societal structures, themes such as gender, class, migration, or development, or even if you would just like to have their essay read and assessed by a sociology academic, then this competition is for you! Students who wish to participate must submit the essay to their teacher. This essay can be a piece of work that has already been completed as part of their coursework for the Politics and Society programme or A Level Sociology curriculum. The essay could also be a piece of work that will be relevant to the Leaving Cert citizenship project. Word count 800-1,000 words. Essays can be hand written or typed. Feedback will only be provided on winning essay entries.

The teacher will select the “top 3” essays from the class and submit them to the SAI for consideration. If there are less than 3 submissions, the teacher must select the ‘top’ essay from the class and submit it to the SAI for consideration. Up to a maximum of 3 essay submissions per class is permitted. The deadline for submissions is on or before 1 May 2024. Please send all entries to [email protected]

The essay will be assessed by a panel of academics from Marino Institute of Education, Technological University of the Shannon and the SAI. The essay that presents the most insightful analysis of a sociologically relevant theme will win. The names and essay titles of the winner and runner-up will be displayed on the SAI website. Top prize is a €500 gift voucher, second prize is €100 gift voucher, third prize is €50 gift voucher. Teachers of winning students will also receive nominal awards.


If you have any queries, please contact:
Dr. Aimie Brennan
Dean of Education: Policy, Practice & Society at MIE, and
Second Level Schools Officer, Sociological Association of Ireland.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (01) 8057717