The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

The 2021 winner of the Future of Privacy Scholarship has been announced! Thank you to everyone who submitted their entries. Check back in early 2022 for next year’s essay topic.

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2021 scholarship winner

Ishmael Liwanda
Ishmael Liwanda

University of Bristol, UK

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Read more about the winner in our interview.


Five students also won a one-year ExpressVPN subscription with their outstanding essays. They are:

Michelle Wai Man Lo - Imperial College London, UK

Allison Levy - University of Ottawa, Canada

Nicolás Centeno - Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland

Krystyna Denys - University of Calgary, Canada

David de Gruijl - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Awards and selection process

Scholarship award amount

The winner of the 2021 scholarship will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a one-year ExpressVPN subscription.

ExpressVPN also selects five runners-up, who will also receive a one-year ExpressVPN subscription.

Selection process

Essays will be graded on the completeness and clarity of their theses and arguments. While we encourage writing with personality and style, please note that this is not a creative writing exercise. Responses must take a clear position on the prompt to be considered.

Why you should enter

  • You could win 5,000 USD.

  • The winner will be featured on multiple communications platforms. This is a great résumé-builder for a career in journalism, law, computer science, or any relevant field of study.

  • This is an opportunity to become a leading voice in the growing debate over encryption, digital rights, internet privacy, and the fight against censorship.

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A contest to raise online security awareness

As internet-ready devices proliferate in all facets of our lives, so do threats to the privacy of the individuals who use them. Advancing technologies and unforeseen events have created new challenges for schools and for students, making awareness of online security issues and fundamental privacy rights all the more crucial.

That’s why we created the ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship. Through an annual essay competition, students delve into urgent issues of the digital age, with the chance to win cash prizes.

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About ExpressVPN

One of the world’s largest providers of VPN services, ExpressVPN enables users to protect their privacy and security online with just a few clicks. The company’s award-winning apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, and browsers secure user information and identities with best-in-class encryption and leakproofing.

With più di 3.000 servers across 94 countries, ExpressVPN provides a fast connection and uncensored access to sites and services across the globe. The company is based in the British Virgin Islands and has been operating since 2009.

A vocal advocate for internet freedom and privacy, ExpressVPN is a proud financial supporter of non-profit organizations fighting to protect digital rights, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Defense League, OpenMedia, and others.

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