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Apply! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015


Application Deadline: 1st May 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years. The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.


Answers can be submitted in number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay. Multiple submissions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification.

Junior Category-

Born after 1st May 2001 (under 14 years)

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
  • Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
  • I am the future!
  • Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?

Senior Category-

Born between 2nd May 1996 and 1st May 2001 (14-18 years)

  • What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  • In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
  • Youth versus experience.
  • Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?


  • The Competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Fiji and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the Competition.
  • Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2015. Please see flyer for age guidelines.
  • Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve you writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • The maximum word counts are 1500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.


  • Winners will be flown to London for a week of cultural and educational visits, culminating in a special award event in November 2015.
  • Runners-up will be recognized in national award events.
  • All four top entries will be published by the RCS.
  • A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be made in both the Junior and Senior categories, and participants who do not receive an award will be entitled to a certificate of participation.


The 2015 entries has to be submitted online at their official website or in cases where secure internet is an issue can be send by post to: FAO Commonwealth Essay Competition
7-11 St Matthew Street

The results will be announced early September 2015.

For more details, visit Here

Apply! YOUWIN 2015 ROUND 1

YouWinApplication Deadline: 30 January 2015 (Round 1)
YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. The third edition, YouWiN! 3, which support both male and female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, recently announced the 1500 awardees. With the upcoming launch of YouWiN! 4, the President of Nigeria will have fulfilled his promise to financially support over 3,600 Nigerian youths to develop their entrepreneurial ideals and plans through the YouWiN! program. YouWiN! 4 is open to both male and female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 – 45 years.

Apply here

Apply! Global Dialogue Story-Creating Contest 2015

GDC2015Application Deadline: March 31st 2015

“It’s because I have something I want to say, and I want my voice to be heard!”

That is by far the most common answer when participants in Global Dialogues contests – over 200,000 young people from 75 countries so far – are asked why they took part.

In the Global Dialogues contests, young people across the world speak out by creating stories for short films about issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against women, or drugs, alcohol and sex.

The contests is a unique opportunity for young people to break the ice on taboo subjects and share their views with others – including members of their own family – often for the first time in their lives.

Participants create fictional stories or tell true stories that they have experienced and want people to know about. All the stories are studied by juries who not only select the winners, but also gain a much deeper understanding of young people’s thoughts and feelings. The jurors’ main job is to listen and to learn from young people; they then share that new knowledge with key decision makers.

Winning ideas are turned into Global Dialogues films by some of the planet’s premier directors and by emerging cinema talents, reaching over 200,000,000 people online and on TV every year.

 Voices heard, loud and clear!

Contest Prizes:

The contest will be examined by series of juries.

Grand Prize: US$2,500

Second Prize: US$1,250

Third Prize: US$625

Winners will reciev their prizes on or before August 31st 2015 at the address the give on their participant questionnaire. Only one prize will be given to each winning team. The juries decisions are final.

We hope that you will consider participating either by creating stories yourself or – if you’re over 24 – supporting young people in their efforts and spreading the word about the Global Dialogues contests. Thank you!
Read more Here

Apply! The UNOPS Calls Developing Country Organizations for SWITCH Africa Green Program

unopsApplication Deadline: 19 January 2015

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Kenya Operational Hub (KEOH) is accepting proposals for the SWITCH Africa Green Program. The program aims at supporting African countries to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty.

Grant award to implement projects up to 3 years.

  1. USD 200,000 to USD 500,000 for Country-Specific Actions
  2. Above USD 500,000 for multi-country projects by organizations that have existing programs/initiatives that complement SWITCH Africa Green.

Priority Issues

Country Priority Sectors
Ghana Manufacturing
Integrated Waste Management
Kenya Agriculture
Uganda Agriculture
Burkina Faso Manufacturing
Integrated Waste Management
South Africa Agriculture
Integrated Waste Management
Mauritius Agriculture

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be legal entity belonging to one of the following categories – non-governmental organization, women’s and youth organizations, universities, local traders’ associations and citizens’ groups, cooperatives, trade unions, consumer organizations, and teaching, cultural, research and scientific organizations.
  • Applicants must be national of one of the six pilot countries of SWITCH Africa Green Program – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda; or other developing countries in OECD/DAC list, or EEA or EU member state.
  • Applicants must be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with their potential partners, not acting as an intermediary.
  • Applicants cannot be directly associated with UNEP, UNOPS, any other members of the Grantee Evaluation and Selection Committee or Board or steering committee in the preparation of this call.
  • For country-specific partnerships, at least one organization should be from where the action takes place. Applicants who are the national of a developing country specified by OECD/DAC or EEA member state must act in partnership with at least one local organization having the nationality of the country or where the action takes place. It is not the case in multi-country action.
  • Project should be composed of a set of activities that will enable implementation of green business and sustainable consumption and production practices.
  • Country specific actions should take place in one of the three following countries – Ghana, Kenya and Uganda while multi-country actions can take place in all six pilot countries.

Application Procedure

  1. Submit concept Note in the format provided in Annex III of the call document at UNOPS website.
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposal – technical and budget.

Note: Concept notes must be in English language. In case of project for Burkina Faso, concept note can be submitted in French or English.

For more information, please visit Grant Support Call for Proposal.


Apply! A Call to Youth to Contribute Ideas on Financing the Post-2015 Agenda

world bankThe World Bank Group and the Wharton School of Business are co-sponsoring “Ideas for Action,” a competition to mobilize youth across the development community to invent, foster, and inspire innovative solutions to financing development post-2015.

Nearly half the world’s population is under 25 – 2.9 billion people. Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015. The new goals will be more ambitious, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth to social issues to global public goods. To realize this vision, an equally ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed.

Teams are self-selected and made up of three to five members, ages ranging from 18 to 35 years old. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2015. Finalists will be announced on April 5, 2015, and the winners on March 30, 2015. Winners will be given an opportunity to influence the post-2015 financing discussions and its implementation.

Solution Areas

Teams are invited to focus on one of the issues below and develop a creative yet realistic and implementable solution that will increase the financing available and/or improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing funds. Another possibility is to select more than one issue, and develop a solution that is based on blended sources of finance.

Domestic Resource Mobilization: improving the ability of countries to collect and direct public resources generated from taxes and/or improve efficiency of public spending. Areas of particular relevance are (i) tax policy and collection; (ii) harnessing sustainable streams of revenue from natural resources; (iii) subsidy reform; and (iv) improving public sector procurement practices.

  • Examples of submission topics: “Restructuring mineral extraction contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide more sustainable social benefit and financial return;” “Subsidizing crops of the future: how a change in agricultural subsidies in one South American country can be a lesson to others.”

Better and Smarter Aid: improving how aid is structured and disbursed in light of a rapidly changing donor environment. Areas of particular relevance are (i) improving aid disbursement models; (ii) improving aid transparency and accountability; and (iii) integrating private philanthropy and global funds into the greater aid agenda.

  • Examples of submission topics: “A new model for recipient-centric accountability mechanisms in ODA loan programs;” “Using different results metrics to improve aid project outcomes.”

International Private Finance: improving business environments to attract investment. Areas of particular relevance are: (i) creating policies that encourage investment, particularly in long time infrastructure; and (ii) mainstreaming the use of guarantees and risk insurance.

  • Examples of submission topics: “Co-financing arrangements as a means to increased roadway investment in Sub-Saharan Africa”; “Taxes, construction regulation, and urban sewage reform in Southeast Asia”; “improving project cycle and investment environment to attract institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds”; “Implementing policies and mechanisms to direct remittances towards development.”

Domestic Private Sector:  mobilizing domestic private capital. Areas of particular relevance are (i) creating an enabling environment for business creation and growth; (ii) increasing access to finance, greater financial inclusion for households and SMEs; and (iii) developing domestic capital markets.

  • Example of submission topics: “A new type of aid: improving small and medium-sized enterprise access to financing via novel national-scale loan instruments.”

Business and Development Innovations: improving business environments in developing economies via innovative private/public partnership models. Areas of particular relevance are: (i) grafting and implementing business-led collective action initiatives; and (ii) innovative models of delivering aid using private sector capabilities and public sector resources.

  • Examples of submission topics: “A novel model for new-country investment: using public funds to limit fixed costs of electronic equipment manufacturing;” “Limiting private-public corruption with new public awareness tools in Central Asia.”

For more information about the first four options, see the World Bank Paper on Finance for Development Post-2015. For more information about the fifth option, see the Wharton Zicklin Center Business Development & Innovation site.

To submit your proposal for financing the post-2015 agenda, please visit:!ideascompetition/ccl3

Apply! 2015 USFUCA Worldwide Youth Contest – “The Year of Light

Application Deadline: January 25, 2015

Type: Fully Funded.

We invite Youth around the world to take part in the 2015 UNESCO Worldwide Multimedia Competition. Think creatively, and answer the question, The “Year of Light” focuses on the topic of light and light sciences and its applications; but it is the human curiosity that underlines the vision which brings light to the hearts of humanity. What kind of light-based innovation would you propose to promote sustainable development and meet the needs of a global challenge such as energy, education, agriculture, or health?

You are encouraged to respond by making a 3-minute video, multimedia presentation, written essay, art work or using any method that channels your specific passion and talent to share your answer to the question.


We are inviting youth around the world. The competition will be split into three age groups. Juniors, age’s 10-14 youth ages 15-19 and youth ages 20-24.


Contest winners will be announced on March 30, 2015 and will be published on the UNESCO website and in various newspapers around the world. There will be 3 finalist for each age group and 7 semifinalists. Each semifinalists will receive a certificate. Each of the finalists will receive an official plaque, engraved with their name and a certificate. The top 9 winners will be recognized and showcased in global events during the summer of 2015.

  • First Place winners in each age group will receive a 100% Scholarship to attend the 2015 International Model UN (IMUN) Summer Camp in the USA.
  • Second and Third place winners will receive a 50% scholarship 2015 International Model UN (IMUN) Summer Camp in the US.
  • Winners will also be invited to the USFUCA Club Conference to be held in Colorado in fall of 2015.
  • A special ceremony held for the top 9 winners.

Have a Question? We are happy to answer any of your questions at and please put in the subject line: YOUTH CONTEST QUESTION


  • Step 1: Please fill out the 1 page submission form and review the contest terms and conditions.
  • Step 2: Submit your work to

Please put in the subject line: 2015 Worldwide UNESCO Clubs Youth Multimedia Competition and your name.

If you have a Video please upload it to YouTube and send us the link at

Apply! SIB International Young Bioinformatician Award 2015





Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

Country: All Country.

Swiss institute of bioinformatics offers international award to a young researcher who has carried out outstanding research focused on bioinformatics or computational biology. 


The award is open worldwide to young researchers (graduate students or having finished their PhD within the last six years preceding the closing date for applications), who has carried out and already completed an outstanding research focused on bioinformatics or computational biology.

An international jury of high-ranked experts will review the applications and designate the award laureate (hereinafter “the Laureate”). The jury is autonomous and can decide not to attribute the Award. The jury’s decisions are final and without appeal.


The Laureate will be announced during the 12th [BC]2 Conference in Basel, Switzerland, on 8-10 June 2015 and is therefore expected to attend the [BC]2 Conference.

The Award carries a cash prize of CHF 10,000, an award certificate, and travel expenses for the Laureate to attend the [BC]2 Conference. The usage of the prize money is unconditional.


Applications must include the following mandatory components:

  • Documentation supporting the application (accepted publication, or two to five page summary of the project/career);
  • For applications submitted by the candidate: a letter of support of the project/PhD supervisor, Head of Department or equivalent;
  • A CV including list of publications.

Timeline and Closing Date for Applications
Closing date for entries: 31 January 2015
Awards presentation: 8-10 June 2015

Call for proposal: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

Deadline: 13 January 2015

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development grant opportunity. A new grand challenges under the grand challenges in global health, Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development – including economic – outcomes as well as gender equality.

The grant will fund innovative solutions that effectively reach the most vulnerable women and girls to simultaneously improve their health; offer development and economic outcomes for them, their families and communities; and empower women and girls and promote gender equality.

Grant Types

  1. 2-year exploratory grantsUS$500,000 to support the initial development and validation of solutions.
  2. 4-year full grants – US$2.5 million to develop, refine, and rigorously test larger multi-sectoral approaches.

Programmatic areas

  1. Urban sanitation
  2. Financial services for the poor
  3. Agricultural development
  5. Family planning
  6. Maternal, newborn and child health
  7. Nutrition
  8. Emergency relief

Note the Key Dates

  • 13 January 2015 – LOI submission deadline
  • 14 April 2015 – Notification of invitation to submit full proposal
  • 2 June 2015 – Full proposal submission deadline
  • July 2015 – Completion of proposal review
  • August 2015 – Selection and notification to the grant recipients

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be investigators in low-and middle-income countries. Partnerships with investigators in other countries where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations are encouraged.
  • Proposed solutions should generate evidence on how to empower women and girls and promote gender equality– particularly equitable decision-making power at individual, household and societal levels– sustainably and cost-effectively, with potential for scale.
  • Proposals must clearly demonstrate –
    1. Gender integrated solutions
    2. Strong logical design and measurement component to the intervention
    3. How the intervention will build the evidence base on what works best to empower women and girls
    4. Particularly equitable decision-making power
    5. Integration between sectors or a holistic approach to reducing gender inequalities while improving sectoral as well as multi-sectoral outcomes
    6. Strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact on health, development and economic outcomes
  • Proposed project must represent the priorities of women and girls.
  • Proposed project must demonstrate appropriate budget and time value relative to complexity, risk, and potential impact.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) requirement

  1. A discussion of Women and Girls Engagement
  2. A brief logic model between the planned intervention and outcomes of interest and a plan for measuring and evaluating the proposed solution/project

Note: LOI application form can be downloaded at the Grand Challenges website from 4 November 2014. LOI should be in MS word or PDF format, not more than 5 pages in length.

For more information, please visit Grand Challenges: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development.

Call for Proposals: Action/2015 Campaign Flag Up Grants

Action/2015 is pleased to make available grants in the amounts of US$5,000-US$15,000 to provide financial support to organizations and networks that aim to build momentum for the campaign during the campaign launch on January 15th and other crucial actions activities to get the campaign started in early 2015.

The funds will be given to organizations/networks/coalitions based in the Global South. The bidding organization must be a registered member of the action/2015 campaign, or an active national coalition. The network or coalition can be informal, but a member organization needs to function as the legal holder of the project. The preference will be given to those with limited resources, who build alliances and collaboration among organizations, networks and coalitions across sectors and constituencies, and with proven ability to deliver strong in-person, media and/or digital campaigns. Relevant due diligence will be undertaken on all applicant organizations. In order to ensure the impact of our program funds, other factors that shall be considered include: regional balance, size, diversity and density of population of the organization/network’s constituencies including gender balance; whether the organizations/networks plans activities in partnerships with local/national organizations; overall organization/network management support, etc.

The grants will be given to eligible and qualified organizations and networks demonstrating a strong commitment, clear action plan and budget, as well as a strong monitoring plan to assess the impact and reach of the activities. Visit the action/2015 website at for more information about action/2015.

Deadline for Application: 14 December 2014, 24:00 (GMT).

The grant selection committee will review the grant applications and notify the selected applicants by 22 December 2014. Funds will be released in 2 tranches (75% upon signing of the contract and 25% upon submission of the grant report) for project implementation between 22 December 2014 – 31 March 2015.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this grant process, please contact the grant selection committee at

Apply! The Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education


Deadline: December 12th 2014

All Africa based organizations working in education (primary, secondary, tertiary education; non-formal and adult education) and combating poverty in an innovative, sustainable and effective way are invited to participate in Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Teach a Man to Fish is seeking for organizations or projects making great changes in their community. Entries can be made by a non-African NGO on behalf of their local partner/office (in Africa) in a condition that the prize money and conference travel bursaries are claimed by and used for the benefit of Africa-based organization.

Teach a Man to Fish partners with the Saville Foundation to award this prize.


  1. US$10,000 – Best entry award
  2. US$5,000 each – Two runner ups
  3. US$1,000 each – 55 best entries from each African country
  4. Top three award winners will be offered a sponsored trip to the international conference and peer-learning workshop of Teach a man to fish.
  5. Media publicity and enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities are other benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

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For more information, please visit The Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards.

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