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FCDO Next Generation Economics 2024 Competition for UK school students.

Application Deadline: 28 June 2024.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) coordinates the UK’s diplomatic relationships, promotes UK interests abroad, and manages the UK’s overseas development budget.

The Next Generation Economics competition is managed by the FCDO in collaboration with the Hub for Equal Representation (HER) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The FCDO invites UK school students to write about the biggest economic challenges facing their generation. The competition is open until 28 June 2024.

FCDO want:

  • to hear your ideas on one of the biggest economic challenges facing your generation. The FCDO represents UK interests across the world, and our economists work on finding and analysing solutions to global challenges
  • to inspire the next generation of economists. Our competition aims to demonstrate how economics is a vital tool for answering important, urgent policy questions
  • the next generation of economists to be even more diverse and open-minded than the current generation. We encourage you to enter the competition, whatever your background (and however much you know about economics). 

Competition themes

To enter, submit your letter responding to 1 out of these 4 questions: 

  1. 2023 Nobel Prize laureate Claudia Goldin states that unequal division of caregiving and household responsibilities play a key role in gender pay gap. What policies could governments implement to increase female participation in the paid economy?  
  2. International efforts to reduce carbon emissions increase demand for clean energy technology and critical minerals. How could material rich developing countries capitalize on the demand for critical minerals to boost growth?  
  3. Climate change plus the impact of global conflict on international supply chains has enhanced risk on food security. What market intervention can governments across the world take to mitigate food security risk?  
  4. According to the UN, 3.3 billion people now live in countries where debt interest payments are greater than expenditure on health or education. What actions could governments globally take to ensure debt does not prevent investment towards development?


To enter, you must be: 

  • at least 14 years old 
  • studying in the UK at secondary school level (including sixth form and elective home education or home schooling), or at a British international school 

You do not need to be studying or have studied economics. 

Entering the competition is free.


FCDO will announce the competition results in July 2024. There are several prizes on offer: 

  • the winner will receive a cash prize of £500 
  • 2 runners up will each receive 250  
  • 5 shortlisted entrants will receive £100 each 

The winner will present their essay to Adnan Khan, FCDO Chief Economist

The top 8 entrants will be offered a fully-funded visit to the FCDO and the London School of Economics in London. They will also meet with one of the co-directors of the Hub for Equal Representation at the LSE. Fully-funded visits are only available to UK-based entrants. 

How to submit your entry   

Do not include any personal information in the main part of your letter. This allows us to mark entries anonymously and as fairly as possible. You should include this in the covering email instead. 

Your entry should: 

  • be formatted as a letter addressed to the FCDO’s Chief Economist Adnan Khan 
  • be 1,000 words or fewer 
  • clearly reference any evidence included. We recommend using the Harvard referencing style. References are not included in the word count 
  • not use applications such as ChatGPT or other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) 

Email your completed FCDO Next Generation Economics Entry Template (ODT, 6.7 KB) to by 11:59pm on 28 June 2024.

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