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Dr. Jonathan Fine Essay Competition

The competition aims to discover and showcase new research by emerging scholars of terrorism and radicalization, in order to strengthen the next generation of security experts. We invite graduates, post-graduates and PhD students to submit an original paper on the theme of Terrorism and Technology.


Important Dates

  • April 30, 2021: Submission Deadline;
  • Sept-Oct 2021: Winner's Selection.


  • ​​​​​The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), IDC Herzliya, Israel;
  • NextGen 5.0;
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism;
  • The Program on Extremism, George Washington University, United States;
  • The International Counter-Terrorism Youth Network (ICTYN).


We are looking for an original academic piece between 3,000 and 4,000 words. The assessment will take place in two stages. In the first stage, all submitted essays will be reviewed by the editorial board of ICTR. In the second stage, the top five papers will be sent to a special Selection Committee for the selection of the winner, second and third runner-up. The Selection Committee will be composed of researchers and experts affiliated with competition partners.


The jury will select the best paper, as well as the second and third runners-up.

  • The winner will receive $1000, and will be offered the opportunity to present his/her work during the ICT’s World Summit on Counter-Terrorism. In addition, the best paper will be published in the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR) and will also be considered for publication in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (as a Research Notes, subject to additional review);
  • The author of the second-best paper will have the opportunity to present his/her work during an event, and his/her paper will be featured in the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR);
  • The third-best paper will be featured in the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR).


For formatting guidelines and citation style, please refer to ICTR Submission Guidelines. Papers should be maximum 4,000 words long (all-inclusive) and be written in an engaging style directed towards a well-informed audience. The word count includes all components, except the bibliography and the author's biography. Please use American spelling style consistently throughout the manuscript. Your article should address the theme of Terrorism and Technology and be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. Submissions should be emailed as an attachment to ictr@ict.org.il with the word “Dr. Jonathan Fine Paper Competition” and the author’s last name in the subject line. All submissions should be sent with the author’s contact information, as well as the author’s short biography/relevant experience. ICTR will assume that the submission is being offered exclusively and has not been published in any form elsewhere. Authors are still permitted to send papers that have been previously submitted as part of an academic requirement. If this is the case, please kindly inform ICTR about the grade the paper has received.