Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Schuman Challenge

05/09/2017 - 21:44

Our annual foreign affairs competition challenges undergraduate students to present and defend transatlantic policy initiatives before judging panels composed of leading diplomats, foreign policy experts and reporters. The 2020 edition of the Schuman Challenge will take place on 30 October 2020 in Washington DC.


Date and location of the 2020 edition

We are looking for teams of 3 undergraduates and 1 faculty mentor from U.S. universities to compete in the next edition of the Schuman Challenge on Friday 30 October 2020 at the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC!

Theme of the 2020 edition

The theme of this edition is: "How should the EU and the U.S respond to China’s alternative models of governance? Address a specific example or case study."

How to register?

If you're interested in participating, please send an email to:

Martin Caudron

Senior Communications Officer, EU Delegation to the U.S.

martin [.] caudron [at] eeas [.] europa [.] eu

20 teams will be able to participate to the competition, on a first come first served basis. The Delegation of the European Union to the United States will support travel and accomodation expenses of participating teams which are not based in the DC metropolitan area.

Click here for complete rules and information.


Learn more on the 2019 edition

The third edition of our EU-U.S. foreign policy contest for undergraduate students took place at the EU Delegation to the U.S. on 14-15 February 2019. The topic for the 2019 Schuman Challenge was: "Supplementing the Minsk agreements: Taking additional steps in support of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders".

17 teams from across the United States participated in this edition: U.S. Air Force Academy (CO); American University (DC); George Washington University (DC); Howard University (DC); Tufts University (MA); University of Missouri (MO); University of North Carolina (NC); Norwich University (VT); West Virginia University (WV); University of Michigan (MI); James Madison University (VA); Indiana University (IN); Patrick Henry College (VA); William & Mary College (VA); California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CA); Pepperdine University (CA); University of Washington (WA).

The judges for the first round were: Caroline Vicini, Deputy-Head of the EU Delegation to the U.S.; Jamie Fly, director of the Future of Geopolitics program and the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., former foreign policy advisor to Marco Rubio during the 2016 campaign; Jorge Benitez, Director of NATOSource, professor at the U.S. Marine Corps Academy, and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; Maria Belovas, Spokesperson, Head of the Press and Public Diplomacy Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 1 only); Dino Mihanovic, Counsellor, Political, Security and Development Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 1 only); Helena Boguslawska, Deputy-Head of the Political, Security and Development Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 2 only); and Christoph Seemann, First Secretary, Political Department, German Embassy (day 2 only).

The judges for the final round were: HE David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S.; HE Karin Olofsdotter, Swedish Ambassador to the U.S.; Julie Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU;  Ishaan Tharoor, Foreign Affairs Writer, The Washington Post, Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One.

West Virginia University and the College of William & Mary made it to the final round, but judges ultimately chose the College of William & Mary as the winner of the 2019 edition. Both teams were later invited for lunch at the EU Residence and to a visit of the State Department in April that included meetings with senior diplomats.

The winners of the previous editions were West Virginia University (2018) and American University (2017).

You can:

  • read our Medium story on the 2019 Schuman Challenge here
  • read our press release on the winners of the 2019 Schuman Challenge here
  • watch the video highlights of the 2019 final round here
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