PEACEapp Competition 2014

Deadline: 15 October 2014
Open to: developers, technologists and peacebuilders around the world older than 13 years old
Awards: USD$5,000, mentorship, participation in Build Peace conference in Cyprus


The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, the United Nations Development Programme and Build Up have launched PEACEapp, a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management.

The competition is open to three kinds of entries at all stages of development – from prototypes to fully developed:

  1. digital games & gamified apps developed purposefully for this competition;
  2. already existing digital games;
  3. creative re-purposing of existing digital games to meet the aim of PEACEapp.


The competition is open for all developers, technologists and peace-builders around the world who are older than 13 years old.


PEACEapp’s international jury will select five winning entries: three that are fully functioning and two that are in development. The three fully functioning games or apps will receive an award of USD$5,000 each. The two in development will receive mentorship from expert partners. In addition, one member of each award-winning team (completed or in development) will be invited to the Build Peace conference in April 2015 in Cyprus to share their product with conference participants.


To submit a digital game or gamified app, entrants must complete the entry form  in English and submit a video walkthrough or presentation of a working game / app, game / app alpha, beta prototype or implementation plan for using an existing game / app by 15 October 2014. Winners will be announced by November 30, 2014.

For further information, please visit the official website.


iAniMagic 2014, The Fourth Annual Contest of Animation Desk

Deadline: 20 October 2014
Open to:  everyone
Awards: MacBook Air, Mac Mini 2.5G, iTunes Gift Card


The goal of iAniMagic contest is to explore the beauty of hand-drawn animations. We encourage both professional and amateur animators to submit inspiring hand-drawn 30-second animations using Animation Desk. A panel of professional judges is set to evaluate the quality of each entry’s technique, creativity and storyline before winners are announced on November 5th.

We have prepared great prizes such as a MacBook Air, Mac Mini 2.5G, $500 iTunes gift card, iPad Mini and other prizes for you to grab. The winners will also get a chance to be featured in Kdan’s social network and our professional animation platform, AniZone.

Entering iAnimagic is absolutely Free. Read more about the official competition guidelines here:


Anyone regardless of nationality or age can join this contest.
Accept animations that made with Animation Desk (free version also available)


  • #1 MacBook Air
  • #2 Mac Mini 2.5G
  • USD500 iTunes Gift Card
  • iPad mini
  • Adonit Stylus

The winners announcement will be made on 5th of November.


Submit your work within Animation Desk v3.0.1 (which is estimated to be available on 3rd of September). Your animation must be at 30-second long.

For more information, please visit:


International essay contest after Rafal Lemkin “Genocide – the dark mark of humanity”

International essay contest after Rafal Lemkin “Genocide – the dark mark of humanity”


Deadline: 30 November, 2014
Open to: all interested around the globe
Awards: 1st prize: € 300; 2nd prize: € 200; 3rd prize: € 100.


The theme of the International Essay Contest is “Genocide – the dark mark of humanity”.

Essay may be written in the context of legal, political, historical, cultural, economic or any other issue connected to genocide.

We live in times of kaleidoscopic historical change when international law and settled after World War II world order once again find themselves threatened and become as the object of flagrant violations. The issue of responsibility of particular subjects of international relations and specific individuals for outright criminal actions that harm the civilized humanity is actual and raised once again.

In this regard, Ukraine based NGO “Society Initiatives Institute” seeks to eliminate embarrassing information void in the social, cultural and spiritual spheres, formed around the figure of the scientist, lawyer, expert on international law Raphael Lemkin, scholar who created and implemented in the broadest scientific and legal usage, the term “genocide.” A true cosmopolitan, Polish lawyer, with Jewish descent, born in territory of modern Belarus, who studied in Ukraine and Germany, before working in the universities in USA, he was writing about the genocide of Armenians, Assyrians (also known as Syriacs) and Jewish People.

It was his efforts which led the term to be entrenched in Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. Also back in 1953, in his speech to the New York audience “The Soviet genocide in Ukraine”, Raphael Lemkin, was the first to recognize and speak about the crimes of the Stalinist Communist regime against the Ukrainian people, analyzing it in the context of international law.

In order to properly commemorate the name of Raphael Lemkin and to spread and continue the theoretical researches on the issues of genocides, Society Initiatives Institute is organizing this International Essay Contest.


The contest is open to all interested around the globe.


The winners will be selected by the Committee established by Society Initiatives Institute consisting of board members and scholars not more than two weeks after the deadline of essays submission.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners chosen by the Committee will be awarded with 300, 200 and 100 euro respectively.

The best essays will be published on web-pages of organization and its partners.


Each contestant can submit only one essay developed in English, Ukrainian, Russian or Polish. It must reflect the contestant’s own writing and original thinking. The Committee will disqualify any essay where plagiarism is suspected.

An essay should be maximum 1000 words long in the following format: essay title / author’s name and contacts / school/university/affiliation / essay (introduction, main arguments, conclusions).

Essays and all questions should be sent to

The deadline for submission of an essay is 30th of November, 2014.

For further information, please visit the official website.


Applications open for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2015-2016

Deadline: Varies from country to country
Open to: graduates from all fields
Scholarship: varies according to a country of origin and a type of scholarship


The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2015-2016. The scheme includes various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology, as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution.


The scholarships are offered to international graduates from countries around the world, however not all of the countries are included in the scheme. Choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE and check which scholarships you are eligible to apply for.


Generally the scholarship includes a monthly payment, exemption from tuition fees, insurance, housing allowance, airfare and other benefits, depending on the country of origin and the type of scholarship.


The application deadlines vary depending on the country you come from.

In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact the relevant application institution in your country of origin (institution cited in the factsheet, that you can find when you choose your country from the drop-down menu HERE ).

For further information visit the official website HERE.


The No Hate Speech Movement Forum in Gabala, Azerbaijan

Deadline:  31 August 2014
Open to: participants from Azerbaijan
Venue: 1-5 October, 2014 Gabala, Azerbaijan


The No Hate Speech Movement – youth campaign for human rights online – is a project being run by the Council of Europe’s youth sector between 2012 and 2015.The campaign is led by young people between13 and 30 years of age and is addressed to everyone.The Forum of the No Hate Speech Movement will be held in Gabala, Azerbaijan.The Forum is hosted by the government of Azerbaijan in the framework of its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and is being organised in close cooperation with the National Assemble of Youth Organisations of Azerbaijan (NAYORA).The forum aims to bring together young people and other players active in the No Hate Speech Movement at national and European levels to share experiences, achievements and expectations, and to contribute to prepare the follow-up and consolidation of the Movement and its achievements at national and European level.
ATTENTION:This application is only for local participants.


This application is only for participants from Azerbaijan.


All costs – travel, accommodation, food will be covered by the organizers


Please send this application form by 31 August, 2014

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.


5th Epicase Art&Illustration Competition

Deadline: 30 September 2014
Open to: artists from around the world
Prize: 1.000 US dollars for 6 months


Epicase is devoted in presenting opportunities for qualified new artists to their talents through Epicase Art&Illustration Competition, emphasizing the celebration and embracing of art, found in our everyday lives. Epicase pledges to create a hub, accessible to all, that not only encourages talented artist to express  their art through active interactions with its participants but also enriches the distinguishing  links between persons-to-person, heart-to-heart and potentially art-to-culture, as well.


This competition is open to all artists from around the world.


The competitors will be able to compete in these categories:

  • Illustration;
  • Fine art
  • Pictogram;
  • Calligraphy;
  • Art toy;
  • Junk art;
  • Typography;
  • Graffiti;
  • Webtoon.


Prizes for winning the Epicase Art&Illustration Competition :

  • First Place winner will receive a total of USD 6,000.
  • From the Second to the Fifth Place will receive USD 500 (each winner)


In order to apply for the competition you need to download the application form and send your application to :

Additional information you can find here and also you can check how your work should look like here


Balkan SAYS – Security Architecture Youth Seminar 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Deadline: 8 September 2014
Open to: students, young professionals, future leaders and active individuals
Venue: 24-27 October in Ljubljana, Slovenia


The Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia is a voluntary, non-profit and non-governmental interest and expert association. Their aim is to contribute to an active role played by the Republic of Slovenia in ensuring peace, security, and democratic stability in the Euro-Atlantic area through the EU and NATO. Balkan SAYS – Security Architecture Youth Seminar is a youth oriented security seminar, which goal is to connect youth from the region and beyond, discuss relevant security related topics, and search for fresh views and solutions to the most pressing regional issues. 


The Balkan SAYS – Security Architecture Youth Seminar is intended for students, young professionals, future leaders and active individuals who are:

  • 20 – 35 years of age;
  • interested in the security field and familiar with the seminar topics;
  • able to communicate and work in English language;
  • open to enrich their knowledge and awareness regarding the security and cooperation in the Balkans with a special emphasis to the issues of youth and display a commitment to promote positive changes;
  • committed to prepare themselves for the conference subjects, previous to their arrival in case of selection and able to participate during whole duration of the conference.


The Balkan SAYS 2014 – Security Architecture Youth Seminar will again take place on 24-27 October in LjubljanaSlovenia.

  • Seminar application fee for international participants: 50€

The application fee includes: 4 nights’ accommodation, meals, local transportation, tour of the city and conference materials.Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia might be able to partly reimburse the transportation costs of the selected international participants to and from the conference venue up to 150€. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Seminar application fee for Slovenian participants: 15€

The application fee includes: meals, local transportation, tour of the city and conference materials.


Interested applicants need to sent a completed application form alongside with their CV to:

 The official call