Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Details



The 17th Annual Carroll Round, to be hosted over the weekend of April 19-22, 2018, on the Georgetown University campus offers 30-40 distinguished seniors from the most selective colleges and universities worldwide unique opportunities to present original economic research and to discuss contemporary policy issues. The conference represents a new students' round of economic discussion and debate in light of the momentous changes that have occurred in the global economy. Conceived entirely by undergraduates and sponsored by Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the event will resemble a professional conference in form and content. It will focus primarily on participants' submissions followed by discussions addressing leading theories in the discipline, research methodologies and their application to policy-making. Students will have the chance to view policymaking and policymakers in action and interact with distinguished members of the economics community. We hope this conference and the exchange it fosters will embolden students to continue pursuing innovative ideas and rewarding careers in international economics.

Conference Presentation Structure

Student presentations in the Carroll Round will take place in sessions consisting of three or four student participants chaired by a faculty member. The eight sessions will be organized according to broad topical themes in international economics based on applicants' submissions. Possible topics may include:

  • the role of international institutions/organizations in mediating conflict
  • the development of economic theories related to currency unions, exchange rate target zones, coordinated monetary policy, and capital and labor markets
  • the role of international science and technology spillovers in promoting economic growth
  • the positive and negative aspects of capital market liberalization and structural adjustment policies in developing countries.

Three to four presentations will take place per scheduled session. Discussants will be assigned prior to the conference in order to facilitate dialogue. There will be ample time for discussion among session and audience members so that participants will be able to revise and edit their work for the future.

Research Guidelines and Application Procedures

Independent research includes senior theses and major academic projects completed through coursework or job experiences. Submissions, either qualitative or quantitative, should be as scientific as possible. Thus, we ask applicants to submit only papers that would qualify as thesis research. Since student presentations will most likely cover work in progress, participants should benefit greatly from comments and feedback from both experts and fellow students. It is not necessary to submit a completed paper in order to participate, though submitted work must be significant enough for a conference presentation.

Participants will be chosen based on the strength of their research design, general interest in economic studies and academic record. We intend to make decisions on a rolling basis in order to give participating students enough time to make travel arrangements. Therefore, the sooner an application is received, the sooner a decision can be returned.

Travel, Accommodations, and Other Expenses

Funds may be available to cover the cost of transportation to Washington for participants. Several meals and a banquet over the course of the weekend will be included in the participation fee. In addition, the Carroll Round will provide accommodations at a hotel near Georgetown's campus. Please contact the Steering Committee with all requests or questions regarding travel expenses and hotel arrangements

Carroll Round FAQ 

What is the total cost?
There is a $145 registration fee that must be paid prior to attendance. Check with your home university’s Economics Department - in the past, many departments have sponsored participants and covered their registration fees. For Georgetown-based participants, the registration fee is $50.

The Carroll Round will arrange and pay for your accommodation at the hotel and the majority of your meals and expenses. You will be responsible for two or three meals.

Transportation subsidies are available. Save all original travel documents, including all boarding passes and receipts as they will be necessary for processing your reimbursement.

Reimbursement amounts are calculated after the conference has concluded based on availability of funds and travel expenses incurred. Last year, between students’ home departments and our budget, we were able to cover most of documented need.

What is the application procedure?
Complete the application and write a personal statement. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the 2018 conference. Following the submission of your application, you may be asked by the Steering Committee to submit additional information before a decision is made.

What if I’m not done with my research?
You can apply for before you have finished your research. Send your work in progress, even if all you have is a detailed proposal or abstract. Whatever you submit should be a piece of writing that will give us an idea of your paper topic and quality. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the steering committee.

Should I do anything after submitting my application?
Your submission should be confirmed by email within one week. If you have not heard back from the Carroll Round committee with specific requests, we are still considering your application. Please continue to update the committee every time you complete a major step in your research process by emailing your updated paper to the Applications Chair, Grady Killeen, at

What if I wrote my paper as a co-author?
You are welcome to submit any paper you have written as a co-author. Please keep in mind, however, that funding will be disbursed on a per-paper basis. If multiple authors of the same paper wish to apply, they may submit one application, but each co-author must submit a separate CV.

Does my paper topic qualify as International Economics?
"International" refers to any topic that is not strictly related to the U.S. economy. If your economic topic meets this qualification, you are welcome to apply. 

When will I hear whether I have been accepted?
You will hear from the Steering Committee regarding your acceptance in mid-March. 

What is the schedule for the conference?
The conference schedule will be posted on the website when it is finalized in Spring 2017. 

When should I prepare to arrive and depart?
There is an informal get-together on Thursday evening. You are not required to attend but, in the past, students have appreciated this chance to meet before the busy conference schedule begins. You must be dressed and ready by Friday morning for presentations starting at 9:00 AM.

There is a formal closing ceremony on Sunday morning. Our guest speaker will give an address and present awards to the best participant papers and contributions. The ceremony will end by 1:00 PM. You may depart right after or have lunch/sightsee with your new friends.

When booking your transportation, please keep in mind that an original receipt and boarding pass are required for Georgetown to process reimbursements.

Which airport or train station is nearest to Georgetown University?
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Union Station are located on the subway and are only short rides away from Georgetown. Other options include Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Please see Maps and Directions or contact us if you have any further questions.

What is the dress code?
There is a mixture of formal and informal events so be prepared for business, business casual and casual dress. Check the conference schedule to see what is required at each event.

How should I prepare my presentation?
Please see the Guidelines for Presentation and Discussion for detailed information. You are free to use almost any type of media equipment - computer for PowerPoint, transparency projector, blackboard, etc. Let us know what type of media equipment you require and send us final copies of any files you will be using (including handouts).

How should I prepare my discussion?
Please see the Guidelines for Presentation and Discussion and also How to Discuss/Critique a Paper Constructively for detailed information.