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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria invites undergraduates from universities and polytechnics across Nigeria to enter its annual essay competition.

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The CIPM intends for this competition to deepen the interest of students in people management while sharpening and displaying their written communication skills.


Winners of the CIPM Essay Competition will receive these prizes:

  • First Prize:125,000 and two HRM books
  • Second Prize:100,000 and two HRM books
  • Third Prize:75,000 and two HRM books

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    Winners will also receive these benefits:

    • Get access to a network of potential employers.
    • Register (for free) to become a student member of the CIPM.
    • Embark on an all-expenses-paid trip to Port Harcourt, where the CIPM 2022 International Conference and Exhibitions will take place.

    Eligibility And Other Requirements

    Persons who intend to enter this competition must meet these conditions:

    • Should be an undergraduate of a Nigerian university or polytechnic.
    • Their essay must original (not plagiarized) and should attain the standards of an international journal.
    • The essay should not be more than 3,000 words long and should use the APA referencing style for its references.
    • The font type for the essay must be Times New Roman, in font size 12, and with double line spacing.
    • The essay should be a Microsoft Word document.

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    Note: past winners are not eligible to enter this year’s competition.

    Required Documents

    Applicants should submit their entry along with these items:

    • An ID card from their current institution of study.
    • A copy of the admission letter issued to them by their current institution of study.
    • A recent passport-sized photograph.
    • Their personal email address and phone number.

    Persons who want to enter this competition should scan the documents listed above and email them, along with their essays to

    Entries will remain open until August 31, 2022.

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    This article was first published on 28th June 2022


    Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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