What is the GDPPC?
The Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge is a new annual
competition designed to engage undergraduates in on-going public debate and
reflection on issues affecting the global community. This year’s theme explores
the relationship between security and human rights. The Challenge offers
undergraduates across disciplines and continents an opportunity to explore
issues of global importance from different points of view. We hope to attract as
wide a range of students into this competition as possible and you still
have a very good chance to win. If you are an undergraduate student of
any age, you are eligible for this Challenge!
What is the New Way to Participate
and What Can YouWin?
a new category of entry for students like you who would like to
participate in this third and final round but haven’t been involved
If you participate in this new category by submitting a policy
brief, you will become eligible to win a trip to Budapest,
Hungary for the Global Debate and Public Policy Forum at Central European
University in June 2012.
Up to 50 finalists will be selected to go to
Budapest with the cost of travel and accommodation paid by IDEA. Finalists will attend workshops to hone their
public-speaking and advocacy skills as well as compete to determine up to top 10
finalists from both entry groups to compete for the scholarship / stipend prizes
by presenting their policy briefs to the audience gathered at the Global Debate
& Public Policy Forum. The top winners will be awarded the scholarship /
How Much Are the
Scholarships & Stipends and What Can They Be Used
We have established additional scholarship and
stipend opportunities for students who still wish to participate but
haven’t entered the previous rounds. From the participants who are chosen to
participate at the Forum in Budapest, there will be up to three final winners in
Each winner will receive either a scholarship payable to a
Graduate School of the winner’s choice for study in a field related to Public
Policy or a grant payable to a non-profit institution of the winner’s choice for
an internship or placement in a field related to Public Policy. The winners get
to choose the option they prefer. The scholarship levels for new participants
are (in US Dollars): First place: $2500, Second Place: $1500, Third place:
$1000. Please see the Prizes page for more information. The rules of the
competition are available here.
Where and When Will the Forum Take
The inaugural Forum will take place at the School of
Public Policy and International Affairs at Central European University and is a great
opportunity to interact with your peers from around the world as well as gain
valuable public policy and advocacy experience.
The event brings together
academics and policy experts on this year´s theme: ‘Securing Liberty:
Balancing Security and Freedom’. It’s also a real world opportunity to
contribute to the debate about important issues of our time and gain valuable
feedback from those who work in this field! You can read more about the event
Each registered participant will receive by 18 April 2012
information describing the next rounds of selection to take place at the
pre-Forum and Forum in Budapest in June 2012. This information will also
be posted by the same date on the Challenge website.
When Is The Submission
Your policy brief must be submitted by 23:59
on 16 April 2012. Finalists will be announced on 4
Who Do I Contact For More Information?
you don’t find your answer on the Challenge website, please send an e-mail to Catherine
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