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2020-2021 Student Challenge Information

Submission and Team Formation

Submission Process

Team formation for the 2020-2021 U.S.-China Student Challenge is now closed.

Teams made up of four undergraduates (with two each enrolled at institutions in the United States and in the People’s Republic of China) are invited to develop concrete ideas for resetting the U.S.-China relationship. Each team will submit its ideas in the form of a 500-750 word essay and a 1-2 minute video presentation (deadline: October 1, 2020).

A selection committee made up of Georgetown University faculty will determine finalists by November 1, 2020. Selection criteria will include originality, practicality, and intellectual soundness. Teams may choose to focus on one or more issue areas (for example, security, trade, development, health, or climate) and/or on the mechanics of the relationship (for example, diplomatic initiatives, Track II diplomacy, or societal dialogue).

With the help of feedback from the committee, finalists will develop their ideas into 1,000-1,500 word essays and 3-4 minute video presentations (deadline: January 1, 2021). The selection committee will select two winning entries by February 1, 2021. Individual members of each winning team will each receive an award of $2,500.

To be considered, each team submission must consist of original work and be sent to by 11:59pm EST on the indicated due dates. The essay should be attached in MS Word format and the video in .mov or .mp4 format.

Georgetown University retains the right to publish submissions (videos and essays) with full attribution, in whole or in part, on its websites, social media platforms, and in its publications.

The awards are taxable income within the United States. Awards for non-U.S. citizens may be subject to tax withholdings.

Team Formation

Team formation for the 2020-2021 U.S.-China Student Challenge is now closed.

To participate in the student challenge, teams must be formed and validated by September 1, 2020. To be validated, a team’s designated leader must submit all four students’ names, home schools, and emails to

Each team must include two undergraduates from U.S.-based universities and two undergraduates from PRC-based universities. (Students studying abroad in China or the United States will be counted as based at their home institutions.) Each team must have some diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Students who are interested in participating but need assistance in finding teammates should submit their names, schools, emails, and a 50 to 75 word statement of interest/background to by September 1, 2020. The initiative will circulate the contact information and statements of students who submit, facilitating the formation of teams.

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