Oxford Global Challenge: Resources for Student Applicants

We are here to provide students with tools and resources necessary to succeed in the Oxford Global Challenge.

Start by checking out the Oxford Global Challenge Guidelines, FAQs and Resource Page.

Do you need help with your idea? Let us try to connect you to resources by filling out this contact form!



For the Visual Map or Chart, you can create an infographic, chart or diagram.

Map Resources: Impact Gap Canvas, Causes Diagram, Mind Mapping, Issue Mapping, and example infographic

Research Analysis

For the Research Analysis Component, you can write a paper, create a PowerPoint deck, or design a Prezi.

Research Assistance: Library Subject Specialists, Research Databases

Writing Assistance: USD Writing Center

Technical Assistance: IT Help Desk

Prezi: Get started, educational discount/free trial and tutorial

Don't know where to start? Here are few tips:

Global Issue Resources 

List of NGOs by region, by issue

Online databases: EuroMonitor, Business Source Premier, LEXIS-NEXIS, Google scholar. Look in particular for issue-based white papers published by organizations actively working on an issue.

Newspaper and magazine articles

Look at the websites of NGOs, UN agencies, governmental agencies, regulators, think tanks & philanthropic foundations that are already working on this issue in the chosen region- understand what they do, how they do it, what successes and failures they have experienced, and why any of their approaches may or may not work. 

If you are able to, conversations with those on the ground (frontline NGOs or survivors of the issue) makes your research richer. Full primary research on your issue will not likely be possible during this timeframe, but these conversations will help direct your research if you are able to have them. 


For the bibliography, you should cite diverse sources and cite thoroughly

Research Assistance: Library Subject SpecialistsResearch Databases

Citation Assistance: Harvard Citation Model