AECOM’s Global Student Competition

Deadline: 21 August 2015
open to: undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education around the world
Prizes: $15,000 in prizes, which may be divided among one or more teams, $25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype


All Systems Go is the sixth student design competition in AECOM’s Urban SOS program. Urban SOS was created to engage students in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, and engineering with the issues confronting modern cities and allowing them to propose solutions that, if worthy, will be seen by established professionals in their field. This year, the program is presented in concert with the Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities –Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.


The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of higher education around the world. Entrants must be enrolled in a certified program during the 2015 academic year at Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. levels. Submissions must come from multidisciplinary teams of up to four members; individuals may not participate alone. Students from the design fields (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning) who form teams must include members from at least one other discipline outside of their own, including anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, international development, sustainable economics, engineering, ecology, natural resource science, food policy, and other relevant fields.


Three short-listed teams will be invited to present their proposals before an interdisciplinary panel at the A D Museum in Los Angeles in October 2015. Urban SOS: All Systems Go jurors will award $15,000 in prizes, which may be divided among one or more teams. In addition, AECOM will make available up to $25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to support the implementation of a prototype of the winning team’s strategies.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 21 August 2015. For successful application, please fill out the online application form.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

International Development Youth Forum 2016

Deadline: 31st August, 2015, 23:59 (GMT/UTC +09:00)
Open to: young people between 18 and 28 years old worldwide
Venue: 6-13 March 2016 in Tokyo, Japan


Since 2012 the International Development Youth Forum is held annually and youth with high ambition for international development get together from all over the world.

IDYF2016- We aim to create a better future based on diversified values and experiences of youth from both developed and developing countries. IDYF2016-We aim to empower youth, who are to become the leaders of the future, by finding solutions to the problems of developing countries, through discussions with their peers from different backgrounds.


In 2016 the IDYF will be held in Tokyo, Japan from 6th of March to 13th of March.


The International Development Youth Forum is open to young people between 18 and 28 years old from around the world.


Financial support to attend the conference will be available for young participants from developing countries. The organizers will decide the type of scholarship based on your application:

  • The scholarship (including airplane ticket, participation costs)

Participants who are not eligible for a scholarship are required to pay a participation fee of JPY 30,000 (approx. €200).

*Accommodation and meals are included
*Insurance, transportation expenses (including transportation from the airport), accommodation before and after the program, are not included. Additional expenses may apply.
*We will contact your representative later regarding the method of payment


In order to apply you must fill in the online application form

Application deadline is 31st August, 2015, 23:59 (GMT/UTC +09:00).

For any enquiries please contact:

The official website


UN Youth Academic Conference in Bucharest

Deadline: 1 September 2015
Open to: scholars, researchers and young professionals all over the world
Venue: Bucharest, Romania from 6 to 8 November 2015.


This year’s edition of the United Nations Youth Academic Conference will consist in discussions aiming to answer the question“What challenges does UN face in 2015?” Through this event are invited scholars, researchers and young professionals to present their research work and reflections upon the following topics:

  • Peace and Security;
  • Human Rights;
  • International Development.

Also, the programme includes keynote lectures carried by experts, scholars and professors in the three main areas of discussion. Nonetheless, the participants will have the chance to get better aquainted with each other and share their views during the social activities as well. Accordingly, during the three days of the conference, they shall dwell within an interactive and thought-provoking environment, where both social and professional networking will be possible. The event will take place at Bucharest, Romania from 6 to 8 November 2015.


Scholars, researchers and young professionals interested in mentioned topics are eligible to apply.


60 EUR (without accommodation), 100 EUR (with accommodation)

The participation fee includes:

  • accommodation (by case) : included nights 5/6, 6/7, and 7/8 November;
  • lunches;
  • coffee breaks and snacks;
  • welcoming kit;
  • participation certificate;
  • access to social events.

How to apply?

In order to register as a panelist to the UN Youth Academic Conference 2015, you have to fill in the registration form and send it along with the abstract of your academic paper to the following e-mail address:

For more information, please check the official web-page.


The Chevening Scholarships Programme 2016/2017

Deadline: 3 November 2015
Open to: citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
Scholarship: covers: tuition fees, travel costs, an arrival and baggage allowance costs, read more here


Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)  and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university.

The Chevening programme makes awards to talented individuals who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers. Chevening Scholarships are awarded across a wide range of fields; including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia.


To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship has ended
  • Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a post-graduate programme at a UK university.  This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
  • Have at least two years’ work experience
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2016.
  • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 14 July 2016.


The funding you receive through your Chevening Fellowship is intended to support costs related to your participation in the programme. Your Chevening Fellowship will usually cover academic/programme fees, return economy travel and a living stipend. The funding amounts may vary per programme as they will be adjusted to account for inclusions built in as part of the fellowship programme structure. The UK has a reputation for being expensive, especially if you live in London. While many of the costs you will incur in the UK may be covered by your fellowship, some things won’t be. The information below will give you some tips on expected costs, how to budget and ways of making the most of your money.

How to apply?

Applications for Chevening Awards can only be submitted using the Chevening online application system, available through the ‘apply’ button on your country page.

Prior to starting your application for a Chevening Scholarship please ensure you have the following ready:


  • Two references to be provided in a letter format and written in English
  • Valid passport/national ID card
  • University transcripts (undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Three different UK Master’s course choices

Please note that only documents in PDF format can be uploaded and documents cannot be over 5MB in size.


  • English language (if already met the requirements)
  • UK Master’s university offer (if already met the requirements)

You can submit your initial application without these optional documents and upload them to your application at any point up to 14 July 2016.

Please note that if you are eventually conditionally selected for a Chevening Scholarship, it is essential that you provide evidence that you meet the Chevening English language requirements and that you have at least one offer from an eligible course before 14 July 2016 in order to remain in the process.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section

The official web-page.

The TED2016 Fellowship Programme

Deadline:  20 September 2015
Open to: Media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers from around the world
Venue: 15 – 19 February 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.


Twice a year, a group of interesting and impactful people gathers for the week-long TED experience — which attendees have described as “the ultimate brain spa” and “a journey into the future in the company of those creating it.” It’s a winning formula of brilliant, curious minds and groundbreaking content in an immersive and focused environment.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect. The format is fast-paced: 50+ talks over the course of a week, as well as morning and evening get-togethers. As they take in the program, attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

TED is our historic, flagship event, taking place annually since 1984. TED attracts about 1,300 attendees, and three-quarters of its speakers and attendees are from the US.

TEDGlobal, held annually in Europe, is TED’s twin conference, sharing its format and audience — but with a stronger international approach. Of its 700 attendees, it draws a more global audience and speaker line-up (three-quarters from outside of the US).


Media entrepreneurs, human rights activists and photographers can apply for a TED fellowship to attend a conference in Vancouver, Canada. The program targets candidates ages 21 to 40 from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, but anyone over 18 is eligible. Applicants must be proficient in English.


TED pays for round-trip economy airfare, ground transportation to and from the conference location, meals and shared accommodation on site.


The TED2016 Fellowship application is now open! To apply, please fill out the online application form. In addition to basic details and contact information, you’ll need to answer essay questions and provide three references.

In order to apply, register HERE.

Before beginning your application, please review our Application tips, our Program FAQ, and our Terms and conditions.

Applications close Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. UTC / 7:59 p.m. ET.

If you have any questions,  write to:

The official web-page.

Call for Youth Social Entrepreneur from Good Money Challenge

The Good Money Challenge, sponsored by the Brady Corporation and Marquette University, is an annual competition highlighting high-potential business plans and ideas that address social or environmental challenges.



The Good Money Challenge is a funding competition for innovative ideas
and business ventures that have a social or environmental impact.

The Good Money Challenge recognizes the innovative ideas and passionate people
who can use money to make a difference. The top 10 finalists will make a live pitch
in front of judges and the community for a change to take home a share of $25,000.

Applications are due September 15, 2015



See more on the winning teams in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Forbes

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors USA students – Deadline: November 4.

Program Overview

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

The program’s goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 370,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 115,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.

We promote great deeds for youngsters across the United States of America, and welcome entrants also from across the world. Our list of extra locations is found below.

If you would like to find out more about us, do not hesitate to contact us .

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is also conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, and China, where Prudential has significant business operations.

How does the program work?

In the United States, each program year begins in September, when information and application instructions are mailed to all middle level and high schools in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and to the following officially designated local organizations:

Through these schools and local organizations, students are encouraged to complete an online application by November 4.

Local Honorees are selected at participating schools and organizations in November. From these winners, an independent judging organization names the top middle level and high school volunteer in each state and Washington, D.C. Results are announced in early February. Then, 10 National Honorees are chosen by a panel of prominent public figures, and announced at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May.

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Who is eligible?

Any young person who:

  • is in grades 5-12 as of November 4,
  • is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,
  • has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and
  • submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 4.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility.

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What qualifications must be met?

The application must:

  • describe an individual’s community service activity or an individual’s significant leadership in a group activity that has taken place during the previous year,
  • be completed and submitted to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 4, and
  • be certified by the principal of a middle level or high school or the head of an officially designated local organization. These individuals should review implementation instructions carefully.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Applications by students and by schools.

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What do honorees win?
  • Students chosen as Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify (50 hours of service for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.
  • National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Awards.

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What happens in Washington?

The national recognition events held in Washington, D.C., for the 102 State Honorees include gala award ceremonies at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, tours of the capital’s historic monuments and landmarks, Congressional visits on Capitol Hill, a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and plenty of opportunity for the State Honorees to share their experiences and ideas with one another.

The honorees also hear from notable public figures. Past speakers have included Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Mario Cuomo, Magic Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, John Glenn, Madeleine Albright, Martin Sheen, Rudy Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Ted Danson, Peyton Manning, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Sarandon, Eli Manning, Kevin Spacey, Forest Whitaker, Robin Roberts and numerous U.S. senators.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about National Recognition Events.

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Who is involved in the program?

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is sponsored and administered by  Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the  National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The application and state-level judging processes are conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Judging.

In addition, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by:

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What are next year’s program’s key dates?

November 3, 2015
Student application deadline.

November 10, 2015
Deadline for schools and officially designated local organizations to select and certify local Honorees for state-level judging.

February 9, 2016
Judging results are announced by NASSP and Prudential.

April 30 – May 3, 2016
National recognition events in Washington, D.C.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Dates and Deadlines.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2015-16.


VII Youth Forum „Youth as the Driving Forces of the European Union“

Deadline:  10 August 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 20 and 35 years old
Venue:  7-11 September 2015, Novi Sad, Serbia


We are pleased to inform you that Association of European Border Regions , AEBR Task Forceof External Borders and CESCI Balkans are organising VII Youth Forum entitled “Youth asthe driving force of the European Union”.

The Youth Forum will be held in Novi Sad from 7th to 11th September, 2015 and implementedthrough a Discussion Forum, Round Table, Seminars and Workshops with focus on followingtopics:

  • Youth as the driving force of the European Union
  • The challenges of European integration from the perspective of the new generation
  • On the way to the European Union – values and possibilities
  • External and internal borders of the European Union – past and present
  • Models of cross-border cooperation
  • Territorial Cohesion of the European Union
  • The impact of cross-border cooperation to strengthen the territorial cohesion of the European Union
  • Strengthening cross-border cooperation between the youth of Europe border regions

At the VII Youth Forum the Network of Young Leaders for Cross-border Cooperation (Network of YL CBC) will be established with following Working Groups:

  • WG for Environmental Protection
  • WG for Economic Development
  • WG for Spatial Analysis
  • WG for Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialog
  • WG for Peace and Conflict Resolution


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Preferable age between 20 and 35
  • The applicants should have ability to speak and understand English
  • Postgraduate students, young professionals and young activists from NGOs specializedin one of the following fields: cross-border cooperation, European integration, social,economic or territorial cohesion, history and culture, peace and conflict resolution,political science and youth activism.


To apply for participation in VII Youth Forum, please fill in the application form and send it back by 10th August, 2015 to the following e-mail address:

In order to apply, register HERE.,

You are encouraged to use Europass (CV) form to present yourself. You may find CV template at HERE

Letter of approval, a detailed programme will be send to approved participants by 15th August, 2015.

If you have any questions,  write to:

The official web-page.


“Actors of Urban Change” Robert Bosch Program

Deadline: 13 September 2015
Open to: actors from the cultural sphere, public administration and the private sector from 47 Council of Europe member states, Kosovo and Belarus, and USA.
Grants: up to EUR 5,000, support by experts of up to EUR 5,000

About the Actors of Urban Change Program

Actors of Urban Change is a program by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with MitOst e.V. After the pilot stage (2013 – 2015), this is the call for the second program round.

“Actors of Urban Change” aims to achieve sustainable and participatory urban development through cultural activities. This is carried out by strengthening the competencies for cross-sector collaboration among actors from the cultural sphere, the public administration, and the private sector. Through local projects, an international qualification program, Europe-wide exchange and individual coaching, actors of urban change put those skills into practice.

For 18 monthsan actor from the cultural sphere, the public administration and the private sector form a local cross-sector team for the implementation of an innovative project for their city. All teams from different European cities obtain support for their professional qualification as well as through the international exchange within the “Actors of Urban Change Academy”.

The activities within the program:

  • International “Actors of Urban Change Academy”: a cycle of five sessions (of approx. 5 days each, incl. weekends) of networking and training through workshops, lectures, peer learning etc. incl. Kick-Off Forum in Berlin (10-13 December 2015), three more academies (2016 and 2017) and a Final Meeting with presentation of outcomes (May 2017);
  • Shadowing internships in the city of other project participants (incl. the alumnae of the first program round) and partly in other places that are relevant to the respective person and/or local project (up to 10 days; between May 2016 and May 2017).


“Actors of Urban Change” is designed to strengthen participants’ skills and practical experience in the field of cross-sector collaboration and participatory urban development. The program addresses actors from the cultural sphere, public administration and the private sector who apply with a draft joint project addressing a particular aspect of urban or community development within their city through cultural activities (e.g. social inclusion, participation, cultural diversity, the responsible use of resources).

Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in cross-sector collaboration through cultural projects or activities as well as in international exchange. A good command of English is a requirement for participation. Applications are welcome from all 47 Council of Europe member statesKosovo and Belarus.


At a Local Level:

  • Project grants of up to EUR 5,000;
  • Local project-related and tailor-made support by experts of up to EUR 5,000.

At an International Level:

  • Workshops and lectures by international experts;
  • Peer learning sessions moderated by experienced trainers;
  • Financial and content-related support for shadowing internships;
  • Reimbursement of all travel expenses and accommodation related to the above mentioned activities.

How to apply?

In order to apply first you will have to register on their platform and follow the steps. Deadline for applying is 13 September 2015.

Applicants will be selected by an international and interdisciplinary jury and informed about the decision taken by mid-November 2015.

If you have any questions please contact Martin Schwegmann (Program Officer) and Elisabeth Kremer (Program Assistant) at

For more information please visit the official website.

The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone Film Competition i

Deadline: 17 August 2015
Open to: Anyone can film a migrant story with a smartphone and compete for a prize.
Prizes:  US$2,000.


The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone Film Competition is a new IOM initiative to collect films shot on smartphones that tell migrant stories from around the  world. Selected films will  compete for the 5th Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s  special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” IOM is officially sponsoring the OISFF in 2015.

The competition will go public through social media platforms under the tag #MigrantHeroes and #OISFF. It will nominate submitted films as candidates for the festival’s special Migrant Heroes Prize of USD2000, and for the festival’s official USD10,000 grand prize. The winning films will be screened at a movie theatre in Seoul throughout September and October this year.

A 2-minute film compilation of a selection of the films submitted will be screened at IOM’s 65th Anniversary in Geneva, and possibly at the opening ceremony of the OISFF. Participation within IOM offices worldwide is strongly encouraged to capture the different perspectives towards migrants in their respective regions.


Anyone can film a migrant story with a smartphone and compete for a prize.


Selected films will compete for the fifth Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” The winner will receive US$2,000.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2015. To apply, simply:

Smartphone films, shot by IOM staff worldwide or the general public, can range in length: extreme-shorts (from 1 second to 1 minute), shorts (from 1 to 10minutes) or feature films of over 50 minutes; and should be submitted in H.264/ .MOV, .MP4, or .WMV digital files smaller than 500MB.

Films should be uploaded onto IOM Facebook, Twitter & YouTube accounts with the hashtag #MigrantHeroes #OISFF, and onto the OlSFF website at

In order to apply, register HERE.

For more information please visit the official website