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U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

The U21/PwC Innovation Challenge for 2019-2020 offers unique professional development training for U21’s network of graduate students and gives them exposure to new global employment opportunities. This year, three winners will be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Dubai (7 days) courtesy of PwC where they will get the chance to explore the city and also see some of the innovative projects taking place there.

Universitas 21 (U21) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are two globally-focused organizations who have come together to offer exclusive professional development opportunities for U21’s graduate students through the Innovation Challenge.  As a member of Univeristas 21, University of Maryland has registered to participate in this competition.  The competition is open to all registered graduate students. The University of Maryland can submit four nominees.

Please consult the U21 / PwC Innovation Challenge competition booklet for guidelines and information about the competition.

The question for the 2019-2020 U21 / PwC Innovation Challenge is as follows:

We invite master's and doctoral students from all disciplines to prepare a three-minute presentation to respond to this prompt. 

Eligibility:  Students must be currently enrolled as a master's or doctoral student for Fall 2019 AND for Spring 2020.  The global U21/ PwC Innovation Challenge competition takes place during the Spring 2020 semester, so students must be currently enrolled at that time. Any student with plans to graduate in December 2019 will not be eligible to participate in this competition.  

Register to compete!    
Please go to the Graduate School Awards Portal at and select “Fellowship and Award Nominations” to enter registration information.  Please register by November 1, 2019


  • Prepare your three-minute presentation
  • Prepare a single slide that will complement your presentation
  • Record your three-minute presentation in MP4 format
  • Submit your video by the deadline.  (Submission instructions will be sent to students who are registered for this competition)  

Deadline: The three-minute video submissions must be submitted to the Graduate School by noon, November 13, 2019.

Process:  The Graduate School will select four winners who will be UMD's nominees to the International U21 / PwC Innovation Challenge.  Campus winners receive professional coaching and the Graduate School will produce their three-minute video for the international competition.

Please direct all questions to the Office of Funding Opportunities, Assistant Director Robyn Kotzker (




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College Park, MD 20742