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2012-2013 Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge Underway!
Submitted by Mite Kuzevski on 4 September 2012
Register now for your chance to win a $10,000 scholarship!
If you are a full-time undergraduate student or recent grad, you are eligible to win a free trip to Budapest and one of several $10,000 scholarships and stipend awards.
The Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge is an annual competition designed to engage undergraduates and recent grads in ongoing public debate and reflection on issues affecting the global community. It offers students from across continents and educational disciplines an opportunity to explore issues from different points of view. The competition will culminate in a final competition in Budapest in June 2013. The first annual Challenge was a huge success and we hope to attract a wide range of students into the realm of policy advocacy this year as well!
This year’s theme "Digital Freedom and Its Limits" explores what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies. It also encourages debates about the limits on internet freedom and covers issues related to social networks, privacy, child safety, freedom, censorship, democracy, transparency, national security and much more.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university anywhere in the world, as well as recent graduates.*
REGISTER NOW AT: www.gdppc.org
Participants in the 2012-2013 Challenge are eligible to:
- Win a trip to Budapest, Hungary to attend the second annual Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge at Central European University in June 2013.
- Win one of five possible $10,000 prizes: a scholarship towards graduate study or a stipend to work at a non-profit institution of the winner’s choice in a field related to Public Policy.*
HOW CAN YOU WIN?
1) Register for the Challenge at http://gdppc.idebate.org/
2) Review the materials on the website
3) Prepare and submit your policy brief by 30 November 2012
The Challenge consists of two written tasks and culminates at the Forum in Budapest, where the final round of the competition will take place and the scholarships awarded. Any undergraduate or recent graduate* studying any subject, anywhere in the world, can take part by submitting a paper in Round 1. From these submissions up to 200 participants will be selected to proceed to Round 2. Once those are judged, up to 50 finalists will win trips to Budapest with the cost of travel and accommodation paid by the organisers. Finalists will attend workshops with their peers to hone their public speaking and advocacy skills.
How will the papers be evaluated? Don’t worry if you’re not a native speaker of English! Judges use evaluation criteria to assess each student’s contribution, which focuses on the ability to develop evidence to support arguments, not language ability.
Check out this video from the first annual Challenge and make sure to register today!
*See eligibility and other conditions for the Challenge at www.gdppc.org
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