Europe Day Contest

The European Studies Center's Europe Day Contest is a multimedia contest for students in grades K-12. Students participating in the Europe Day Contest can submit projects using different forms of media related to each year's theme as an individual participant or as a member of a group of two to four students based on the type of project. Selected student winners will be awarded prizes and have their work highlighted at the European Studies Centers’ annual Euro Fest.  The grand prize winner’s school will also receive a prize.

What is Europe Day?

On May 9th of each year, the European Union celebrates Europe Day. This holiday marks the anniversary of the ‘Schuman Declaration,’ which was issued in the aftermath of World War II by Robert Schuman, a French diplomat at the time. The Declaration called for a united and peaceful Europe. During his speech, Schuman proposed a plan to end war between European nations by pooling coal and steel production, thus managing the natural resources of war. The European Coal and Steel Treaty laid the groundwork for what is known today as the European Union.

About the Contest

Through participation in the Europe Day Contest, students will engage in an in-depth study of European cultures, people, history, as well as contemporary issues that are relevant to both the United States and European Union. This experience will help students develop research skills and gain expertise on a topic of their interest related to an annual theme. Any of the following submission formats are possible: paper, poster, art portfolio, documentary, podcast, or website.

Contest Rules & Requirements – This document provides a more detailed description of the rules, divisions, and requirements for submissions.
Contest Scoring Guides – The contest scoring guide provides scoring rubrics for each division by submission type.

2018's Europe Day Themes

K – 5 THEME: The European Union
Students in grades K through 5 can research the culture of one member nation of the European Union, the geography of a member nation or region of Europe, money, or a variety of other topics as long as they are related to the European Union. Students can also research larger topics related to the theme of participation and democracy, like elections, voting, or representation. 

6 – 12 THEME: #Eu4Whom  Participation and Democracy in the European Union
The European Union began as an economic union of six countries, with the goal of ending warfare on the European continent. Other countries were eager to join, particularly after the Cold War as former Eastern Bloc countries looked towards membership in the EU as the way towards Westernization.  The EU has grown to include twenty-eight member states, all of which have representation in the European Council and the European Parliament. Nevertheless, critics of the EU decry a lack of ordinary citizens’ oversight over EU decisions (the so-called “democratic deficit”). Popular apathy towards the EU in the UK led to a referendum on UK membership in the EU, which began the process now known as Brexit. Taking up the theme of #EU4Whom, student projects should investigate some issue related to Participation and Democracy in the European Union.  Possible topics include European Parliamentary elections, the democratic deficit (is it real?), public support for the European Union, Brexit, transparency, immigration or what does it mean to be a citizen of the EU?  Of course, any other related topic is also eligible, as long as it pertains to the theme.

Contest Dates

Submissions are due by Friday, April 6, 2018. Decisions will be announced by Friday, April 27, 2018.

Please click HERE to access the submission form.

All submissions must be turned in online through Submittable, an online submissions management tool used by the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, all projects must be in a digital format. Please review the contest rules above for submission requirements.


Awards will be given to the best two Europe Day Contest submissions from each division. Awards will be given to the best two Europe Day Contest submissions from each division. The first and second place winners from each division will receive prizes and will be invited to attend the Center’s annual Euro Fest in September, where prizes will be presented on the main stage and displayed for the public.

Additionally, the grand prize-winning student’s school will receive a prize package, which will include books, classroom materials, and a field trip. 

Winning entries will be selected by a committee of reviewers affiliated with the European Studies Center.  Entries will be evaluated based on their adherence to the theme, accuracy, originality, and quality of the final product. 

See our 2017 winners!