IMF Fund Challenge 2022 for Undergraduate Economics Students


Deadline: June 1, 2022

Applications are open for the IMF Fund Challenge 2022 for Undergraduate Economics Students. The African Department (AFR), the Asia and Pacific Department (APD), the Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), and the Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) of the IMF, in collaboration with the Office of the IMF Innovation and Change (OIC), invite economics students to participate in the 2022 Fund Challenge.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) strives to ensure sustainable growth and prosperity for all of its 190 member countries. It does this by supporting economic policies that promote financial stability and monetary cooperation, which are essential for increasing productivity, job creation and economic well-being.


  • Finalist teams will have the opportunity to present virtually at the IMF Annual Meetings in October 2022. This is an opportunity to meet policymakers, academics, and civil society organizations from around the world.


  • Students must be currently enrolled in undergraduate programs (including the class of 2022) in economics or a related field at a higher education institution in any member country of AFR, ODA or the MCD in order to participate in the Fund Challenge.
  • Each team must consist of two students from the same higher education institution. Each team wishing to participate must register only once on the Fund Challenge registration site before June 1st. Registration will require providing contact details of a faculty member who can then verify the registration of the team at a higher education institution in any AFR, ODA or MCD Member Country.
  • As part of the challenge, participants must register and pass the ICD’s Macroeconomic Diagnostics Online Course (MDSx), between June 6 and September 2. The course is offered free of charge to participants, but each team member must register and take the course separately. with edX. The workload for the course is approximately 6-8 hours per week. Participants who wish to receive a course certificate must purchase a verified certificate from edX. Details on course access and technical requirements will be communicated on June 2.
  • Teams that successfully complete the required online course will be asked to analyze a new case study developed by the ICD. Each team will then submit a presentation that (a) describes the current economic situation in the case study, and (b) recommends policies to address the identified challenges.
  • Presentations can be prepared in English or French and submitted in any format (MS PowerPoint is recommended), but please note that the MDSx course and new case study will only be available in English. The process and deadlines for submission of presentations will be communicated on September 6th.


Each team only needs to register once and must consist of two team members. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2022.

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For more information, visit IMF Fund Challenge.


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