When does the Competition take place and where?

The Competition takes place on 10-13 April 2018 in Helsinki.

Application process

What is the deadline for application?

The deadline for application is 31 January 2018.

Who can participate?

The teams consist of three students from the same institution. The students must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in a Finnish University. Doctoral Students or exchange students are not eligible.

I have participated in the competition before. Can I participate again?

No. Students can participate in the competition only once.

I have applied in the competition before but my application was unsuccessful. Can I re-apply?

Yes. Only students who have actually participated in the competition before are not allowed to apply.

I am a Doctoral Student. Can I apply?

No, only students enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s programs are allowed to apply.

There are only two members in the team, can we still apply?

All teams must have three participants. Please try and find a third member for your team.

What is a motivation letter?

A motivation letter is a short (max 500 words) written statement, where the team states why they want to participate in the competition and highlight their relevant skills.

How can I participate, if I am not taking part in the competition?

There are a number of ways to participate, even if you are not taking part in the competition. The Finnish Red Cross recruits a limited number of volunteers to help with the organizational and administrative issues during the competition. If you would like to volunteer, please contact jani.leino@redcross.fi.


Is there a registration fee for the competition?

No, there is no registration fee.

Does the Finnish Red Cross pay for my travels and accommodation?

As a principle, the Finnish Red Cross does not cover the costs for travels to and from the competition and accommodation. You should primarily contact your University for covering the costs, many Universities have also grant funds you can apply for. Please note that applying for grants/University support may take considerable time, so start the process immediately.

If the team is unable to get funding from other sources and costs for travels and accommodation would prevent the participation to the competition, the team can apply for restricted financial aid from the Finnish Red Cross.

Preparing for the competition

One of the enrolled team members is unable to participate. Can we still participate?

If one of the team members is unable to participate, please contact the organizers immediately.

How much should my team prepare?

The time allocated for the preparation is up to the team participating. However, each team must write three 1000 word papers during the application and preparation process. In addition, each team receives a material package of conventions, academic articles and other material and should familiarize themselves with this material. The Finnish Red Cross offers training (8 hours) for the participating teams.

When will we receive the material package?

The material package is distributed to the teams shortly after the selection of the teams.