The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.
Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local AWQ competitions for high school students in their communities. Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, DC every April to vie for the national championship.
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and sustained by our AWQ Endowment. To become a sponsor, please contact WACA by phone at 202-833-4557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled for April 16-17. Please check back regularly for announcements, updates, and resources as the 2020-2021 AWQ season launches Fall 2020.
**COVID-19 Update: WACA is carefully monitoring the ongoing pandemic situation along with local and national safety guidelines. Guidance is forthcoming about whether local competition and the 2021 National Competition will be held virtually or in-person.
Stay tuned for a list of all participating Councils with information such as local competition dates, winning teams, and links for more details. Please see the 2021 AWQ Operations Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information about launching an Academic WorldQuest program for the 2020-2021 AWQ season.
2020-2021 AWQ Topics
2019 AWQ National Competition Photo Highlights
WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, Fatema Al-Baker, and the First Place team, and the Friday Welcome Reception at the Qatar-America Institute
AWQ Topics Announced
September 17, 2020
AWQ Official Study Guide Released
AWQ Pledge Form Due
November 30, 2020
Local Competition Questions Released
Hotel Block Deadline
March 29, 2021
April 16, 2021
2021 AWQ Championship at USIP
April 17, 2021
The Westin D.C. City Center
April 15-18, 2021
1400 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20005