World Scholar's Cup

The World Scholar’s Cup is a global academic tournament that combines debate, collaborative writing, multiple choice tests and a multimedia quiz. The core idea is to motivate students to not just focus on existing skills and areas of strength, but also to discover new ones. 

Each year scholars explore a new overarching theme. Within the theme, students explore the topics from six subjects – history, science, literature, social studies, art and music, and a special area. The detailed curriculum is available on the Scholar’s Cup website at

Students work together in teams of three to research, debate, and solve problems related to the theme. Each team will participate in four events: 


Around the core academic events are social events including an optional talent show and a debate showcase.

Participation at any regional round can lead to berths at the Global Rounds and the finale event hosted by Yale University in the United States.  Global Rounds are six day events organized in different countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world each year.


The core events at the Global Rounds are the same as the Regional Rounds. The additional events include social events such as keynote speeches, a Scavenger Hunt, Scholar’s Ball and a Cultural Fair as well as optional tours to explore the host city. The 2019 Global Rounds welcomed more than 9500 students from over 60 countries. The finale event is the Tournament of Champions hosted by Yale University. The top performing teams from each of the Global Rounds qualify for the Tournament of Champions and the format of this event is similar to the Global Rounds.

  • Schools can field multiple teams of three students each, in two age groups (Junior and Senior Division) for the Regional Rounds.
  • Students between the ages of 11 to 13 participate in the junior division and students between the ages of 14 to 18 participate in the senior division.
  • Students usually prepare for 2-4 weeks, at school or in their own time.
  • After participating at a regional round, teams may earn invitations to a Global Round and subsequently for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University.