NYU Policy Case Competition
April 26, 2020
The Policy Case Competition encourages students to think critically, analytically, and creatively to present policy solutions to real issues.
Undergraduate and graduate students from all over the U.S. are invited to research, design, and present their team's policy proposals on current issues in this three-round competition. During the second and third rounds, panels of expert judges evaluate the proposals in real time and give actionable feedback. The Policy Case Competition is a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in policy-making outside the classroom, with two workshops to help competitors refine their skills in policy memo writing and presentations. In the past, the winning team has received a cash prize and a paid trip to the nation’s capital!
Students from colleges and universities around the world are invited to think critically and innovate by researching, designing and presenting policy proposals on today’s most pressing issues.
Hosted annually by the New York University Politics Society since 2014, the Policy Case Competition is a conference where students of all experience levels are given the opportunity to propose policy solutions in response to the largest and most critical current issues. Teams have the opportunity to win a prize and a paid dinner with leading minds in the field of policy!
You can find important information regarding the rules and timeline of this year's Competition in the Rules and Timeline section respectively. Please review them carefully and refer back to them in case of any future questions.
Teams and Topics
Registrants must be currently enrolled at a college or university as a student.
Teams of two to four students will compete in this three-round competition.
Non-NYU students must register with a full team of two or more members.
NYU students can register alone, if so these students will be paired with NYU student(s) with similar interests.
Complete teams will not be modified.
There will be a registration fee of $5 per person, to be paid at the time of registration.
This fee will be incurred regardless of whether your team reaches the in-person rounds.
The NYU Policy Case Competition can provide written letters of endorsement to a team’s university in order to help secure funding for non-NYU competitors.
During registration, teams will pick their first, second, and third choices from this year's policy topics, from the categories listed on the topics page.
There are a limited number of spots in each category and topic, so teams that register early will have priority.
Competitors will be notified of their final topic after registration closes.
Background papers providing a broad issue summary are provided for all topics.
- Registration Opens: January 31st
- Registration Closes: March 6th@ 11:30 PM Eastern Time
- Topic Assignments Given: March 9th
- Memo Workshop: Week of March 9th
- Round 1 Memos due: April 3rd
- Round 2 Teams Notified: April 6th
- Presentation Workshop: Week of April 13th
- (Round 2/3) Competition Weekend: April 25th/26th
Teams will pick their top three choices for topics from this year’s topics (below), and a final topic will be assigned to them after registration has closed. Background papers will be uploaded soon.
Hong Kong & Taiwan
Turkey & NATO
Central American Cartels
FDI in Africa
Costs of Higher Education
New York City
NYC Housing Authority
Disposal of E-Waste
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