Students from colleges and universities around the country are invited to research, design, and present proposals on today's most important issues in public policy.

Hosted annually by the New York University Politics Society since 2014, the Policy Case Competition is a conference where students of all experience levels are given the opportunity to propose policy solutions in response to the largest and most critical current issues. The winning team will be awarded a $500 cash prize, along with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

You can find important information regarding the rules and timeline of this year's Competition below. Please review them carefully and refer back to the outline below in case of any future questions. For any clarifications, concerns, or further questions, please contact





Teams and Topics

Teams of 4 to 5 students will compete in this three-round competition. Registration for the competition is free for students. 

Students can register individually, with a partial team (of three members of less), or with a full team (of four to five members). Individual applicants and partial teams will be combined with other individuals or partial teams to form a full team of four to five. These teams are assigned by our committee, based on competitors' common interests and geographic location. If you have concerns regarding this process or specific requests, please contact our team at Teams applying with at least four members will not be assigned additional members without the team's express written consent.

During registration, teams will pick their first, second, and third choices from this year's policy topics, listed here. Competitors will be notified of their final topic after registration closes. Background papers providing a broad issue summary are provided for all topics. 


Round 1: Policy Memo

Each team must submit a written policy memo outlining their key issues and propositions. Proposals cannot be longer than two pages, not including citations. More details, including deadline and submission instructions, will be provided to competitors via email and during the Policy Memo Writing workshop. 


Round 2: Presentations

The submitted policy memos are graded by our committee. After grading, six teams from each of the five topics (thirty teams total) will be selected to participate in Round 2. Rounds 2 and 3 will occur on April 28th and 29th, respectively, at New York University. 

Each team must submit their presentation deck and an Executive Summary before the Competition weekend. The Executive Summary should be one to two pages long and outline the team's key assumptions and arguments. Judges will receive a copy of each team's Executive Summary and presentation deck prior to presentation.

Every team will have twenty minutes for their presentation, followed by five minutes for questions from the judges. 


Round 3: Final Presentations

From these second round teams, one team from each topic (five teams total) will be chosen according to the judges' scores to move into the third and final round of presentations. The final round presentations will follow the format of the second round, but will be made on a stage in front of a general audience.

The first place team, as determined by the judges' scores, will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to New York University's Washington, D.C. campus.


For Non-NYU students

The Policy Case Competition is not responsible for travel or housing costs incurred by competitors, and non-NYU teams should work with their own university to secure conference funding. A limited amount of travel and housing scholarships may be available for special cases. Please contact the committee at for more information.



There will be at least two workshops for competitors leading up to the Competition, one covering policy memo writing, and one covering presentation skills. The dates, times, and locations of these workshops will be distributed to teams after registration. 

Attendance at workshops is mandatory for NYU teams, who must have a minimum of one member in attendance, unless otherwise arranged with the organizing committee. Please let us know in advance if you have any scheduling conflicts. Non-NYU teams will be emailed a recording of the workshop, along with the accompanying slides, although they are highly encouraged to attend the workshops if possible. Please let us know at least 72 hours in advance if you are a non-NYU student planning to attend, so we can submit your information to our security office.


January 31: Registration opens
March 5: Registration closes at 11:59pm EST
March 9: Team assignments announced
Week of March 19: Policy Memo Writing Workshop
March 29: Policy Memos due (Round 1)
April 4: Round 2 teams announced
Week of April 16: Presentation Workshop
April 28: Presentations at New York University (Round 2)
April 29: Final Presentations at New York University (Round 3)


Questions or concerns? please contact our committee at