Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Schuman Challenge Rules

05/01/2018 - 16:23

The Schuman Challenge invites teams of 2-3 undergraduate students each to develop and defend new policies for EU-US cooperation on a certain foreign policy topic.


Each year, the Schuman Challenge consists of a first round and a final round. In both rounds teams have up to 20 minutes to present and defend their proposals before panels of senior topic experts and thought leaders (10mn of initial presentation followed by 10mn of Q&A with the judges). The two or three top-ranked teams (depending on the number of participating teams) from the preliminary round advance to the final round.

For the first round, each team is scheduled in advance for a 30 minute time slot. All teams return for the final round scheduled at the end of the contest that lasts for two or three days.

Teams are judged based on the merits of their contributions to furthering transatlantic dialogue. Judges are instructed to favor evidence-based analysis, command of the subject matter, and clarity and power of presentation. Participating schools will receive Student Handbooks, Faculty Mentor Handbooks, and Judge Handbooks to guide and support their preparation.

For more information on the competition, please contact:

Martin Caudron, Senior Communications Officer
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

martin.caudron [at] europa [.] eu

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