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Entry Criteria

Page updated 17 Aug 2017

Who can enter?

Students currently enrolled at any New Zealand university, at any level (either undergraduate or postgraduate), and studying any discipline are eligible to enter this competition.

Direct relatives of Treasury employees as at 1 October 2017 may submit essays, but are ineligible to receive a study grant. If direct relatives of Treasury employees do submit an entry, however, they will be eligible to be selected as finalists and invited to the Treasury to present the analysis in their submission.

For these purposes, a "direct relative" is a child, parent, or sibling, including step-parents, children, and siblings. In the spirit of fairness Treasury staff are advised not to provide assistance to entrants in the preparation of their submissions. Any questions can be directed to the contacts listed on the primary University Challenge page.

How do I enter?

Answer one of the provided questions in the format of your choosing (2000 word essay, A3 presentation, or video). For an example on how to successfully structure an A3 see

  • Attach your submission as a PDF, Mp4, YouTube link or other commonly used file types saved with the following title – "Topic [x]_Last Name".
  • Please include a cover page that contains:
    • Your name
    • Your university
    • Your student ID number
    • The degree you are studying towards, your subject major, and your year level
    • Your postal address
    • A phone number we can reach you on
    • Your email address

Don't forget! All submissions are due by 1 October 2017 at 12 noon.

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