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Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

What are we looking for?

  • A proposal for an event that promotes interaction among students (or interaction between students and faculty/staff members), which will be sponsored by the Faculty of Political Science and Economics (FPSE).

Who can participate in the competition?

Full-time Waseda students (both undergraduate and graduate students). You may submit a proposal as an individual or may form a team of up to six members. At least half of the team members should belong to the Faculty of Political Science and Economics (e.g., three members should be from the Faculty of Political Science and Economics in a six-member team). The leader should also be a student at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics. (Modified on June 29th: More than half → Half)

Awards:

  • Grand Prize (1st place): 100,000 yen

  • Second Prize (2nd place): 50,000 yen

  • Student Award (selected based on students’ vote): 20,000 yen

  • Best Global Award (awarded to entry in English): 20,000 yen

What to submit/prepare:

  • 1st round: a short proposal (either a document or slides). We do not take into account the length of the proposal, but a rough guideline is a 2-page document or 10-page slides. You may include a link to videos or any other supplementary materials, but the written contents will be mainly used for the screening and there is no guarantee that such supplementary materials will be taken into consideration.

  • Final round: real-time presentation (less than 10 minutes). The presentation can be in English or Japanese. You may use presentation slides.

Timelines

  • Monday, June 14th, 2021: Registration opens

  • Monday, July 12th, 2021: Deadline for registration

  • Sunday, August 1st, 2021: Deadline (extended!) for the written proposal (1st round)

  • Mid-August, 2021: Finalists announced

  • September 1st or 2nd, 2021: Final round

How the competition works:

  • 1st round: a committee of FPSE faculty members will select up to eight finalists based on submitted written material.

  • Final round: FPSE faculty/staff members and FPSE students will vote to select winners. 50% of the final score will be determined by students’ votes. The final round will be in a hybrid format, but depending on the COVID situation, the final round may be fully online.

Criteria:

  • Novelty: Is the event interesting and novel?

  • Effectiveness/Diversity: Can anyone participate in the event, regardless of their diverse background?

  • Feasibility/safety: Is the event feasible under COVID? Is it feasible even with limited budget and support staff?

Each item consists of 1/3 of the total score.

Notes:

  • Any other unrelated proposal, such as the one related to the general policy of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics (FPSE) or the University, will not be considered.

  • Proposals that do not require financial support from the Faculty of Political Science and Economics are preferable.

  • The proposed event can take any of the following forms: in-person, hybrid, or online. Hybrid and in-person events should comply with the University’s event policies at the time of the proposal as well as the most-recent policies when the event is actually held.

  • If it is preferable to limit the participants of the proposed event only to the members of the department given the nature of the event, there will no penalty for limiting the participant pool. Similarly, if there is a reasonable reason to conduct the event only in English, you may propose such an event. However, events are conducted in both Japanese and English are always preferred (see the criteria above).

  • If you or your team makes it to the final round, you should be able to make a real-time presentation in late August (either in-person or online). Only one member of a team has to attend the final round.

  • The number of submission is limited to one per student. This also means that you may not belong to more than one team.

Organizers

Main Organizer: Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Co-organizer: Waseda Society of Political Science and Economics