CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2023 – APPLY NOW

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria commonly referred to as CIPM, has recently opened the application call for its CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2023! This Annual Essay Competition is designed exclusively for Nigerian undergraduates studying in recognized Nigerian institutions.

Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria

This Annual Essay competition has a laser focus on the ‘JAPA’ syndrome and its profound impact on the national economy. In addition to providing an opportunity for young minds to shine, this competition offers enticing prizes that include a generous cash reward of up to N125,000, valuable HRM books, invaluable networking prospects, and more.

CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2023 – Details

In an effort to cultivate intellectual growth and research prowess among Nigerian students, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) is excited to present the 2023 edition of its Annual Essay Competition. This esteemed event invites students from universities and polytechnics across Nigeria to contribute their insights on a subject of critical importance; the ‘JAPA’ syndrome and its ramifications on the national economy.

About CIPM

The roots of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria trace back to 1968 when it was established as an overarching association for Personnel Management practitioners. Initially known as the Personnel Management Association of Nigeria, it underwent a name change in 1973 to become the Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

The turning point came in 1992 when Act No. 58 granted the institute its charter status. Rooted in the pursuit of excellence, CIPM is dedicated to nurturing the ecosystem for effective people management, thereby contributing to sustainable growth at the individual, organizational, and national levels.

Financial Benefits of the CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2023

There is a bounty of rewards for Participants as winners of the CIPM Annual Essay Competition have every reason to anticipate impressive rewards that go beyond recognition:

  • First Prize: N125,000 cash reward and 2 HRM books
  • Second Prize: N100,000 cash reward and 2 HRM books
  • Third Prize: N75,000 cash reward and 2 HRM books

But the rewards don’t end there. Participants also gain access to a sprawling network of potential employers, a complimentary student membership registration with CIPM (for non-members), and an all-expenses-paid trip to the prestigious CIPM 2023 International Conference & Exhibition in Abuja.

Eligibility Criteria

The competition calls upon students to plunge into deep exploration, substantiate their arguments with empirical evidence, and adhere to internationally recognized journal standards in their compositions.

Who’s Invited to Partake?

  • The CIPM Annual Essay Competition is open to undergraduates from Nigerian Universities or Polytechnics.
  • Essays should reflect originality, empirical rigor, and a well-balanced mix of local and global relevance.
  • Entries should be concise, not surpassing 3,000 words, and they must adhere to the APA referencing style (6th edition).
  • The stipulated formatting requirements include Times New Roman font, size 12, and double line spacing.
  • Submissions must be in MS Word format only. Any form of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

Required Documents for Submissions

To apply, participants need to compile and scan the following essential documents alongside their essay into a single submission package:

  • A valid means of identification (ID Card) from the participant’s institution.
  • Admission letter from the participant’s institution.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • Current mobile number and e-mail address.

How to Apply for the CIPM Annual Essay Competition 2023?

Before submitting an entry, applicants should take note of the 2023 Essay Topic; “THE JAPA’ SYNDROME AND ITS EFFECT ON NATIONAL ECONOMY: THE WAY FORWARD”

The submission process involves emailing the compiled documents listed below and the essay to:


  • Previous winners are not allowed from re-entering the competition.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will receive feedback notifications.

Submission Deadline

Applicants need to ensure they submit their materials by September 29, 2023.



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