Here is a weekly roundup of open international grants, funds, special scholarships, competitions, fellowships and conferences open in different parts of the world. These opportunities open doors for participants as they enjoy completely empowering new experiences and grow a valuable international network. The list is organised in three sections – Grants, Business Funding and Other Open Invitations.


Enter – UNICEF Innovation Fund ($50,000 – $90,000): The UNICEF’s Innovation (Venture) Fund is a newly established, non-thematic, pooled fund which has been specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. Financial and technological support from UNICEF’s Venture Fund is available. (Deadline: Ongoing)

Right Livelihood Journalism Awards Grant Scheme 2017: With shrinking media budgets around the world, many newsworthy stories on real solutions to global challenges are often missing out on being reported. The Right Livelihood Award, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, provide fertile ground for such stories. (Deadline: June 15, 2017)

Innovation Against Poverty Challenge – SIDA 2017: Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to develop products, services and business models that can contribute to the fight against poverty and climate change. (Deadline: July 24, 2017)

BCFN Young Earth Solutions Research Grant 2017: BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES) is an international competition for young researchers. The 2017 competition invites young Ph.D. and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. (Deadline: June 28, 2017)

seif Awards for Social Entrepreneurship 2017: The seif Awards for Social Entrepreneurship rewards ventures, applying innovative business ideas to current social and/or environmental problems. (Deadline: June 30, 2017)

WISE Accelerator Program for Education Tech Projects 2017: The WISE Accelerator is designed to support the development of innovative education initiatives with high potential for scalability and positive impact. Selected projects receive the guidance and expertise of qualified mentors and partners. (Deadline: June 14, 2017)

UNESCO-Hamdan Prize 2017: The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was created in 2008 to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities. (Deadline: 31st October 2017)



DHL Ideas Challenge 2017: Make your ideas become a reality with the world’s leading logistics company. We are excited to announce that the 2017 DHL Innovation Challenge will focus on the important trend of Sharing Economy Logistics – Creating Shared and Accessible Solutions for the Logistics Industry. (Deadline: September 16, 2017).

ROLEX Award for Enterprise 2017: The 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise is open. Five Rolex Awards will be offered to Young Leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, who have a ground-breaking proposal or initiative that will help to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. (Deadline: 30 June 2017)

K-Startup Grand Challenge for Entrepreneurs – South Korea: The Korean government is working to transform the country’s economy for another century of success. In order to do this, the government is supporting talented entrepreneurs and promising startups in a grand challenege open to international participation. (Deadline: 14th June 2017)

Apply – Gooogle/CcHub PitchDrive 2017: Join fifteen elite start-up founders from across Africa to explore the incredible world of European start-up ecosystems through the eyes of the Google for Entrepreneurs partners in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, and Paris. Pitch to investors, explore global opportunities. (Deadline: June 18, 2017)

Apply – New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize 2017: The New Plastics Economy is an ambitious, three-year initiative to build momentum towards a plastics system that works. It is a call for designers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and academics. (Deadline: 20th October, 2017)


AdamStart Entrepreneurial Challenge 2017: The AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge is an annual initiative organized by 24-year-old social entrepreneur Adam Bradford. The challenge itself is open to young people aged 18-29 years old who have a new business idea they would like to launch. (Deadline: 31st July 2017)

Apply – The Innovate for Life Fund ($10,000): It is a health specific Accelerator and Entrepreneur in Residence program, embedding a maximum of six talented entrepreneurs at the Amref Health Africa offices in September 2017. (Deadline: 31st July 2017)

Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017 ($50,000): If you’ve got an initiative, product or service already in action that’s tackling a sustainability problem, or you know someone else whose brilliant work deserves recognition, the Unilever team wants to hear from you. (Deadline: June 30, 2017).

Cartier Women’s Initiative for Innovation (US$100,000 award): Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards has supported over 181 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 18 finalists representing 6 global regions are selected during the first round of the competition. (Deadline: August 30, 2017)

LEE KUAN YEW Global Business Plan Competition (Fully Funded): This year participants are invited to propose innovative technology/data centric products and services that address the opportunities and challenges a smart city faces in the following areas: Health, Living, Mobility & Services. (Deadline: June 16, 2017)

Enter – NextGen Global Franchising Competition 2018: Engages young entrepreneurs who are seeking careers and business opportunities in the franchising industry. 20 outstanding young entrepreneurs who are poised to take off will be given mentoring and support from franchise business leaders (Deadline: September 1st, 2017).



UNESCO – Open Multiple Fellowships: Fellowships are specially trainings designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO program priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training. Promoting development and international understanding. (Its Ongoing)

The Global Good Fund Fellowship: is a 12-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund develops these innovators by providing mentors, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital. (Deadline: 30th June 2017)

Sony World Photography Awards 2017: The World Photography Organization in a decade-long partnership with Sony bringing you one of the world’s leading photography competitions. It has four competitions, once you have successfully submitted your images into one you will not be able to enter the other competitions. (Deadline: January 11, 2018)

Johnson & Johnson One Young World Scholarship 2017: The One Young World partnership is managed through the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact Group whose goal is to create a healthier world, one community at a time, through the development of strategic partnerships. (Deadline: June 19, 2017)

Global Development Awards Competition 2017 – Japan: Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan is offering awards competitions to pursue research. The awards recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries. (Deadline: July 16, 2017)

OFID Development Leaders Scholarship 2017: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a channel of aid to the developing countries. (Deadline: June 20, 2017)

Call for Nominations – Free Press Awards 2017: The Free Press Awards recognizes exceptional work in the categories Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist. Anyone in the broader field of journalism, in any country around the world, can be nominated. (Deadline: 1 August 2017)

Agility Africa Photo Competition ($4,000): Capturing Modern Africa. The story of today’s Africa – young, growing, urbanizing, and tech-savvy – needs to be told. The competition is looking for images that will open the eyes of the world to today’s vibrant, modern African reality. (Deadline: September 1, 2017).

Apply – Young Champions of the Earth, UNEP 2017: Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. (Deadline: June 8, 2017)

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