Category Archives: Contests

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! 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

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.

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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Apply! Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) Steering Committee

Young-People Y+ is transitioning from an Advisory Group of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) to a global network of young people living with HIV. As part of the new governance structure, a Steering Committee (SC) will be created to govern the network.

The current Y+ Advisory Group is supporting this transition process, including an open and transparent process to select the SC. The former Y+ Advisory Group will eventually transition into an informal mentorship body and will not have any decision-making power.

Y+ seeks young people living with HIV who are passionate about making a difference in their community, country, region and globally to apply to be part of the inaugural Y+ SC.

Steering Committee role and responsibilities

The role of the Y+ Steering Committee (SC) is to guide the development of the Y+ network, determine programmatic priorities, make decisions through a transparent process and ensure different communities of YPLHIV from all regions are represented in Y+ decision-making. The SC

is composed of young people (under the age of 30) living with HIV. The Steering Committee’s mandate includes, but is not limited to:

 Make decisions on behalf of the Y+ network;

  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight to the Y+ network;
  • Elect an Advisory Board Member to GNP+ on behalf of YPLHIV;
  • Ensure meaningful engagement of YPLHIV in strategic areas of the HIV response, such as knowledge management, advocacy, leadership and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people living with HIV.

Membership terms will be for one year with a possibility of a second year based on a peer-led performance review. Y+ seeks individual and organization representatives from the following regions – two people will be selected per region:


Ø  African Region

Ø  Latin America Region

Ø  Asia Pacific Region

Ø  Caribbean Region

Ø  European Region

Ø  North America Region

Organization representatives should be from national or regional networks of young people living with HIV. For additional information, please see the enclosed Y+ Steering Committee Terms of Reference.

Qualifications of applicants:


  1. Documented leadership abilities and commitment to advance the health and rights of YPLHIV;
  2. Experience working with adolescents and/or young people at the country or regional level on health issues;
  3. Solid communication skills, including ease using e-communication platforms, Skype, etc.
  4. Expertise in the four Y+ advocacy priority areas (see the 4 priority areas in the TOR);
  5. English proficiency required, additional language fluencies a plus.
  6. Skills in medicine, research, advocacy and policy, service delivery, and/or communications desired.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of interest, CV and two references to The letter of interest should provide details about your background and experience in the HIV response, motivation for participating on the SC and what added value your participation can bring to the Y+ network. Please also include whether you are applying as an individual or as a representative of an organization (such as a regional network of YPLHIV). A working group of Y+ members will review applications and contact short-listed candidates for interviews.

Young women living with HIV, young key populations (men who have sex with men, people who use drug and those engaged in selling sex) living with HIV as well as adolescents livingwith HIV (11 – 19 years old) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline:13 November 2014!

Apply! Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition 2015

The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2015.
If you’ve got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them.


Round 1:

Each National Final competition may offer prizes at the discretion of the local Microsoft subsidiary operating that competition. The existence, nature, and conditions of such prizes are subject to the rules of each National Final.

Round 2:

Every World Semifinalist team who advances to round 3 will receive a trip to the Imagine Cup 2015 Worldwide Finals in Seattle, Washington, USA, in July, 2015, to compete at the World Finals.

Trip includes round trip coach airfare from a major airport closest to each competitor’s home, standard hotel accommodations, and select meals and activities.

Associates to the team are not eligible for this travel prize.

Round 3:

At the World Finals, the top three teams in the Innovation Competition will receive the following cash prizes. (Associates will not be awarded any portion of the monetary prize winnings.)

First Place: $50,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

Second Place: $10,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

Third Place: $5,000 USD, to be divided equally among each officially registered member of the Team

For more information,visit Imagine Cup

Apply! The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “Youth Employment” Innovation Challenge

clition globalThe Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is hosting its first open innovation challenge to engage individuals in solving a specific and critical global issue. The “Youth Employment” Challenge–in partnership with OpenIDEO–seeks to identify new solutions to improve employment opportunities for youth around the world.

For the next week, members of the public can submit their ideas and solutions to the challenge on the OpenIDEO site. Participants are encouraged to apply the Commitments to Action lens to their proposed idea. A panel of experts from the CGI community will then help to evaluate the ideas and assess the feasibility and sustainability of the approaches. Select challenge finalists will be invited to the 10th Annual Meeting in September, where they will join the broader CGI network in turning their ideas into action.

Click here to apply

Apply! WIMBIZ Impact Investment Competition for female entrepreneurs

wimbiz new logoImpact Investment Competition
The 13th WIMBIZ Annual Conference themed Nigeria Rising… Accelerating Transformation will feature a nationwide pre-conference competition for young Nigerian women.

The competition is designed to support outstanding start up businesses owned by young Nigerian female entrepreneurs to ensure their success and sustainability.

The competition which is open to young women between the ages of 21-30, will identify three winning business plans that meet the following criteria:

The business must:
1.     Have clearly defined goals and objectives
2.     Be sustainable and profitable
3.     Impact society
4.      Be in the start-up phase and should not be more than 12 months old (new businesses are welcome to apply)

Application Deadline: All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 2014.

The Award

1.  1,000,000NGN will be awarded to the top 3 businesses.

2.      The top 10 applicants will be granted scholarships to attend the Annual Conference
3.      Awards will be presented to the winners during the closing ceremony of the Annual Conference
4.      The winners will be assigned mentors on the platform of the WIMBIZ mentoring program



1.      You must be a citizen of Nigeria
2.      You must be a woman between the ages of 21-30
3.      Your business must be situated in Nigeria and should have a sustainability component for Nigeria
4.      The value of your request should not exceed 300,000NGN
5.      The business must be in the start-up phase and should not be more than 12 months old
6.      The owner must demonstrate commitment and interest in the business

Application Process

1.      Fill in the online application
2.      Create a 1-3 minute(s) video marketing your unique product and/or service, upload to YouTube and paste the link to your application
3.      Create your business plan with the accompanying financial statements and send toconference@wimbiz.orgwith your name and title of the award as the subject e.g Ope Ikechukwu Abubakar Impact Investment Competition (The entire document, including financial projections should not exceed 7 pages)
4. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Application deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014.

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme 2014

queensAre you making a difference in your community?

Apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Pogramme. Over the next five years,this life changing Programme has been established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and runs in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in honour of The Queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme will support thousands of young people (18-29) to make their visions of a better society a reality. Comprising two parts, it will create a lasting legacy for the Queen through:

  • An Awards scheme to recognise the achievements of 240 inspirational young people and provide support enabling them to take up leadership roles and inspire future leaders
  • Grants to support organisations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives

Young people from all across the Commonwealth can apply or be nominated to win an award and become a Queen’s Young Leader.



Young people who have already achieved something extraordinary for themselves and others are also taking part in the event

Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants/nominees need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  2. Applicants/nominees must be aged between 18 and 29 for the year of the award and be citizens of a Commonwealth country.
  3. Applicants/nominees need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  4. Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.
  5. All applicants/nominees need to be supported by a suitable referee. All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and their future ambition

Award details

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 inspirational young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that The Queen had served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. At least one young person from every Commonwealth country will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Deadline: October 11th 2014

Click here to apply

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