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FDIC Academic Challenge

Last Updated: July 1, 2021
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The FDIC Academic Challenge is a team competition for undergraduate students, designed to bring real-world policy questions into the classroom and address questions concerning the banking industry. All students at U.S. universities and colleges are eligible to participate.

About the Challenge

The competition consists of two rounds. In the first round, teams submit a written response to a question on the banking industry. In the second round, finalist teams will be invited to give a presentation of their findings and answer questions from judges who work in the areas of banking and bank supervision.

Participation in the challenge will enhance students’ professional and academic skills by promoting analytical thinking, graphical and oral presentation of information and concepts, and collaboration with peers.

The objectives of the FDIC Academic Challenge include:

  • Increasing understanding of the banking industry and the FDIC’s role of ensuring the stability of our nation’s financial system;
  • Engaging in critical dialogue with undergraduate scholars on the banking trends and policies related to the FDIC’s mission;
  • Promoting interest in future FDIC careers in the fields of economics, accounting, and finance;
  • Building relationships between the FDIC, students, and the academic community.

Key Dates

Coming Soon!

How to Compete

The topic, dataset, and data codebook for the 2021-2022 FDIC Academic Challenge will be posted in September 2021.

To compete, please complete the following steps:

  1. Each team must consist of 4-5 students and have a faculty advisor. The role of the faculty advisor is to assist students in thinking through the material and to interact with FDIC as needed.
  2. The competition consists of two rounds. In the first round, teams submit a written response to a question on the banking industry. In the second round, five finalist teams will be invited to Washington D.C. to give a presentation of their findings and answer questions from a panel of judges who work in the areas of banking and bank supervision.
  3. Submit your answers by the deadline for written round submissions.

Please see below for additional information about the FDIC Academic Challenge, including the format of the competition.

Challenge Materials

Guidelines and Permissions - PDF (Help)
Grading Rubric for Written/Final Rounds - PDF
Participant Code of Conduct - PDF
2020-2021 Winning Team Presentation

Data Sources

Coming Soon!

Questions?  Please write to AcademicChallenge@fdic.gov.