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Top 31 Global Competitions for International Students to explore in 2020

Participating in competitions is an excellent way to boost your social skills and sportsmanship. So get set the ball rolling by applying for the top global competitions for international students to explore. Remember, this list is exhaustible so, it is subject to updates. 

1. Google for Startups Accelerator for the Middle East and North Africa 2021

Google inc invites applications for Google for Startups Accelerator for businesses in the Middle East and North Africa in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Dec 31st,2020.

2. Goethe Institute Travel Grants for Artists from Abroad to Perform in Germany 2021

Goethe Institute Music Division in Germany is offering Travel Grants for Artists from Abroad to Perform in Germany in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications for funding for music projects in Germany must be submitted at least six months before the planned start of the project.

3. Imagine Cup Microsoft Learn Challenge for Students Worldwide 2021

Microsoft is accepting applications for the 2021 Imagine Cup Global Competition open to Computer science students and teams worldwide. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The Call for Entries for the 2021 Hillman Prizes is now open. The deadline is January 29, 2021. 

4. Seedstars Energy Mobility and Agriculture Innovation Programme 2021

Seedstars and Shell Foundation invites applications for sustainable, scalable and innovative solutions working towards access to energy, sustainable agriculture* and mobility in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: December 20, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply

5. African Development Bank Fashionomics Africa Contest 2021

The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, Parsons School of Design and Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative offer the Fashionomics Africa contest in 2021. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: December 31, 2020 at 23:59 GMT. Click here for more details and to apply

6. SIGMA Awards for Data Journalism Worldwide 2021(Win US$5,000 cash prize)

The 2021 Sigma Awards for Data journalism is open for entries from suitably qualified candidates who will have a share of the cash prize. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: February 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET, to qualify. 

7. Fully Funded Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 2021

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family are offering The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, to honour an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and improve their well-being in 2021. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 11:59 EST. Click here for more details and to apply

8. Communications Intern at International Center for Journalists 2021

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) invites a committed and talented intern to join their communications team and work with them to tell ICFJ’s story in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here for more details and to apply.

9. GRID-Arendal grants for Investigative Journalism on Environmental Crime 2021

GRID-Arendal is offering grants for investigative journalism projects focused on environmental crime in developing countries in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: January 22, 2021. 

10. UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2021

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization offers the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021.

11. Horizon Legacy Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge 2021(Win Up to $200,000)

Horizon Legacy group invites applications for the Marco Polo 100 Digital Build Challenge to Revolutionize construction, build affordable housing for $100/sq ft with 3D printing, prefabrication, robotics or new technologies in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: January 11, 2021.

12. Talent Bridge Africa Build Programme for Entrepreneurs 2021(Win $10,000)

Talent Bridge Africa invites applications for the Build Programme for African innovators building thriving communities in 2021. This is also one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: 

13. Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Contest 2021

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography (HIPA) offers the 10th edition of its competition, focusing on the theme of “humanity” in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from 00:01 on 1st November 2020 until 24:00 on January 31, 2021, UAE local time, (i.e. GMT +4). No Submissions made after the deadline will be accepted. 

14. Harvard Graduate School of Design Wheelwright Prize 2021 (Win $100,000)

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is offering the 2021 cycle of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards 100,000 USD to a talented early-career architect to support new forms of architectural research. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021.

15. COMESA Media Award to Recognize and Reward Journalists in Zambia 2021

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Zambia is inviting applications for the Media Award to Recognize and Reward Journalists in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: January 31, 2021. 

16. Chengdu 2021 FISU-AIPS Young Reporters Programme

The International University Sports Federation invites applications for the sixth edition of the Young Reporters Programme, that will be delivered at the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games from 18-29 August next year. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications for the 2021 FISU-AIPS Young Reporters Programme will close on January 31, 2021, at 23:59 Central European Time.

17. UNICEF Innovation Fund for Child Online Safety Solutions 2021(Win $100K)

The UNICEF Innovation Fund offers to invest in companies that are using machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain or extended reality to address digital risks to children in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: December 20, 2020.

18. Kiev International Short Film Festival for Filmmakers Worldwide 2021

The Kiev International Short Film Festival is accepting short films (up to 30 minutes) that were finished after January 2017. Any entries not in English must include English subtitles. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021.

19. Andrew Berends Film Fellowship for Emerging Filmmakers 2021(Win $5,000)

The Independent Filmmaker Project is accepting applications for the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship to support emerging filmmakers in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Spring: January 5, 2021. Click here for more details and to apply.

20. Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize for Investigative Journalism in USA 2021 (Win $5,000)

Sidney Hillman Foundation in the USA invites applications and nominations for the Hillman Prize in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The Call for Entries for the 2021 Hillman Prizes is now open. The deadline is January 30, 2021. 

21. Rainforest Journalism Fund for Southeast Asia and the Congo Basin Reports 2020

The Pulitzer Center invites applications for proposals for Rainforest Journalism Fund grants. Journalists reporting on environmental and climate issues relating to tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia and the Congo Basin are now encouraged to apply. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Within a week of your submission, you should receive a confirmation of receipt.

22. Filmmakers Without Borders Grants for Filmmakers Worldwide 2021

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is offering support to independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives in 2021.  Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Spring: January 1stSummer: June 1stFall: August 1st. Click here for more details and to apply.

23. Africa No Filter Emerging Scholars Programme to Explore African Narratives 2020

Africa No Filter offers the Emerging Scholars programme is looking for scholars to explore African narratives across a range of storytelling mediums across Africa, with comparative studies looking at Africa in France, UK, China, India, and United Arab Emirates in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 13, 2020. The Fellowship will be granted in December 2020, to be completed by 31 July 2021.

24. StartupXs ChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity 2021(win $1000 )

StartupXs offers the “ChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity 2021” for startups and social enterprises who want to change their community with their innovative business ideas. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: December 31, 2020, 23:59 GMT.

25. International Essay Competition for Primary/Secondary Students 2021 (Win Free Trip to Oxford)

Trust for Sustainable Living(TSL) in the UK is inviting applications for the International Essay Competition for primary students and secondary students in 2021. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: December 23, 2020.

26. IHS Discussion Colloquia for Graduate Students at Institute for Humane Studies in USA 2020

The Institute for Humane Studies(IHS) in the USA invites applications for the IHS Discussion Colloquia for graduate students in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are ongoing. 

27. Villgro Kenya Incubator Programme for Medical Innovations in 2020

Villgro Kenya, a business incubator and impact investor, accepts applications for Innovative Medical Device solutions that address the lack of access to quality and affordable health services & technologies in low-income populations across East Africa in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are ongoing.

28. Villgro Kenya Incubator Programme for Medical Innovations in 2020

Villgro Kenya, a business incubator and impact investor, accepts applications for Innovative Medical Device solutions that address the lack of access to quality and affordable health services & technologies in low-income populations across East Africa in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are ongoing.

29. AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021( Win Cash Prize of £10,000)

The Caine Prize for African Writing 2021 is currently open for applications. The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The deadline to enter the 2021 Prize is January 31, 2021.

30. Future Awards Africa for Youths in Nigeria 2020

The future project invites applications for the Future Awards Africa in 2020. The Future Awards Africa, are a set of awards given by The Future Project (TFP), a social enterprise set up with a strong, practical commitment to human and capital development, especially in Africa. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are currently ongoing. 

31. Teach A Man To Fish School Enterprise Challenge in 2020(win $50,000 in prizes)

An Educational charity, Teach A Man To Fish invites applications for the School Enterprise Challenge in 2020. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Registrations will remain open until further notice. 

A stitch in time saves nine so don’t hesitate to apply for the top global competitions for international students to explore. 

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