Essay Competition 2018

14 December 2017
Invitation Letter for Scholarships for Students of German - 2018 Irish Austrian Society German Language Essay Competition


As per the deadline for entering this competition
 of 16 March,
this competition is now closed.
Thank you all for entering.
Results will be announced in early May. Stay tunded



Dear Principal, Teacher & Student

The 2018 German language essay competition is now open and students are invited to enter. This the 21st annual competition, organized by the Irish Austrian Society in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Dublin. The competition has three categories with a prize for the winner in each category:


Junior Cert
Essay Title
 Ein Spaziegang durch Schloss Schönbrunn

Winner Prize
The Perpetual “St. Feargal” Trophy plus one two week scholarship comprising of air travel, tuition in German, board and accommodation at ISK – International Sprachkurse in Salzburg, which is a well known center for students of German under the patronage of the University of Salzburg (www.deutschkurse-salzburg.com)


Transition Year
Essay Title
 Welche Alternativen zu fossilen Brennstoffen bieten sich in Österreich und Ireland für private Heizungen an?

Winner Prize
 The Perpetual Dubsky Environment Trophy plus one two week scholarship comprising of air travel, tuition in German, board and accommodation at ISK – International Sprachkurse in Salzburg, which is a well known center for students of German under the patronage of the University of Salzburg (www.deutschkurse-salzburg.com)


5th and 6th year
Essay Title
Welche Perspektiven bringen junge Staatsmänner für Europa?

Winner Prize
The Perpetual Dr. Otto Glaser Trophy plus one two week scholarship comprising of air travel, tuition in German, board and accommodation at ISK – International Sprachkurse in Salzburg, which is a well known center for students of German under the patronage of the University of Salzburg (www.deutschkurse-salzburg.com)


The teacher demonstrating the most commitment and enthusiasm for the Essay Competition will be awarded The Catriona Dowling perpetual trophy in recognition of their contribution.

Essays must be written in German and should be no more than 200–250 words in length and should reach the office of the Irish Austrian Society by 16 March 2018. We ask that all submissions be sent via Email to office@austria.ie. Alternatively, submissions can also be sent by post to Irish Austrian Society, c/o Austrian Embassy Commercial Section, 2nd Floor, Merrion Centre, Nutley Lane, Dublin 4, c/o Ulrike Schoeller. Name, address, date of birth and current class in school of the student must be stated. We also require the name and address of the school and the name of the German Teacher.

Essays will be judged by university lecturers nominated by the Austrian Embassy in Dublin and only pupils, with non-native German speaking parents will be considered. Essays will be judged entirely on their written content and embellishment, drawings, etc. will not be taken into consideration. The course in Salzburg will take place in the second half of June 2018.

Second placed students of each category will receive a book prize. The names of the winners will be announced in the first half of May 2018 at a Reception at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador in Dublin. All students will receive a Certificate of Competency.

I invite you and your teachers and students of German to participate in this anniversary competition and am entirely at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Yours sincerely,

Ulrike Schoeller
Vice President
IRISH AUSTRIAN SOCIETY