Here is our weekly rundown of select grants, scholarships, fellowships, conferences and competitions open in different parts of the world. These opportunities open doors for students, public and private sector workers, business people and development professionals who are keen on gaining a competitive edge in their niche. They get to enjoy completely empowering new experiences and grow a valuable international network.

Note: There are some open competitions you may want to review from last week’s post


WEEK 7 – 2017

Morgan Stanley Photo Competition 2017: Each year, students show Morgan Stanley what the world looks like through their eyes in our annual photo competition. This year’s theme, Places and Spaces, focuses on the various places and spaces where you live, work and travel to. You are encouraged to submit photos of Places and Spaces; moments in your lives, your travels and your imagination (Students Global | 19 February, 2017)

EAST AFRICA POST-HARVEST TECHNOLOGIES COMPETITION 2017: The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC-2017) aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa for dissemination. The EAPTC-2017 will select top 50 scalable technologies from successful entries and offer them accelerated training on scaling up and pitching. (Regional Africa | 20th February, 2017)

Global Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2017 (Yunus & Youth): This is  global fellowship for social entrepreneurs. Yunus&Youth exists to make the challenge of social entrepreneurship easier. Y&Y was inspired by the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his belief that companies and entrepreneurs can engage in business models that create real, sustainable social impact. (Global | February 26, 2017)

2017 Worldwide UNESCO Center for Peace Youth Multimedia Competition: Entrants should respond in English by making a 3-5 minute multimedia production, 500-700 word written essay, art work or another means that channels a specific passion in answering the prompt (Global below 24yrs | deadline March 1, 2017)


Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017: Welcome to the Ericsson Innovation Awards Competition, a global student competition that gives you the opportunity to develop your innovative ICT ideas in collaboration with Ericsson experts. This year’s competition theme is the FUTURE OF FOOD and is based on The UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. (Global | deadline march 14, 2017)

Migration Media Award 2017: The “Migration Media Award” is an award for journalists covering migration in the Mediterranean region. Journalists or media houses from either an EU country or an EU South Partner Country (SPC) are eligible to participate by submitting together a/ an already published journalistic work that covers a migration-related topic in or around the Mediterranean, either as an entire region or in one or several Mediterranean countries b/ a pitch/synopsis for a second original production to be financed under the award scheme. (Regional-Europe | deadline 31st March, 2017)

International Speech Competition (EF Challenge): The EF Challenge is an international speech competition that encourages high school students to find a creative and engaging answer to the question: “What does it  mean to be a global citizen?” With the help of their teachers, the EF Challenge participants will write and record a short speech that inspires the audience and convinces the jury: both students and teachers have the chance to win amazing prizes – from trips to dream-destinations to study abroad courses and online English lessons (Global | May 1, 2017)

International IGB Fellowship Programme ‚Freshwater Science: We invite excellent scientists from all countries and at different career stages to apply for a research visit at IGB. We offer fellowships for PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists for 6-24 months. These fellowships are designed to enable outstanding scientists to contribute to research at IGB and thus further their own scientific development or training. Scientists currently residing in Germany are not eligible to apply. (Global | June 1, 2017)

International Essay Contest for Young People (GOI Foundation): This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. (Global below 25yrs| June 15, 2017)

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program: is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities (Global | June 30, 2017)

Join UN Volunteers: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.

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Note: Always refer to the original site of the listed competitions for proper information. We have no express criteria for our listings as we do our part to contribute to the open conversation on progress and development. See our list of sites you could get more resources about these competitions. Freely share with whoever may find some relevant to their work . . .

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