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. Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurs 2021 (Win up to $10,000)

Social Shifters invites applications for the Global Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurs with a focus on tackling environmental challenges in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applicants can submit their application until July 16, 2021. 

2. GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Programme for Entrepreneurs in Kenya 2021

The GIZ-SAIS Investment Readiness Programme open in 2021 to provide tailor-made company development measures to enable entrepreneurs to gain access to investment and business opportunities. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The applications close August 31, 2021. 

3. Slingshot Pitch Competition for Startups Worldwide (Win a share of S$800,000)

Startup SG in Singapore is inviting applications for the Slingshot, a Pitch Competition for Startups across the world in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The next application deadline is August 1, 2021. 

4. Media Loves Tech for Innovative and Quality Journalism in North Africa 2021 (Win up to € 10,000)

DW Akademie and Al Khatt invite applications for the Media Loves Tech for Innovative and Quality Journalism in North Africa in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Submit your proposal before July 31st, 2021.

5. One World Media Global Short Docs Forum for New and Diverse Talents telling International Stories 2021

Applications are open for the One World Media Global Short Docs Forum for New Talents telling International Stories in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: This forum is open for applications from Saturday, June 19, 2021, and closes at 5 PM (BST) on Thursday, July 22, 2021. 

6. AFD Digital Energy Challenge for Utilities 2021 (Win a grant of €100K)

Agence Française de Développement invites applications for the AFD Digital Energy Challenge for Utilities within Africa in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Apply before July 16th, 2021. 

7. International Identity Day Design Competition for African Artists 2021 (Win US$ 3,000)

ID4Africa with support from Integrated Biometrics (IB) invites applications for the International Identity Day Design Competition for African Artists in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: The submission deadline is July 16, 2021, at 11:59 PST. 

8. UNESCO Children’s Prize for Project Plan Saving Children’s Lives Under Five in 2021

UNESCO invites applications for the Children’s Prize for Project Plan Saving Children’s Lives Under Five in 2021. This is one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Apply by July 30th, 2021. 

9. Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition for Emerging Playwrights 2022 (Win $10,000)

Yale University Press invites applications for the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition for Emerging Playwrights in 2022. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Electronic submissions for the 2022 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2021, and no later than August 15, 2021.

10. Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs in UK 2021 (Win $10,000)

Do you have an awesome idea to solve a social or environmental problem? Are you ready to take action, but don’t know where to start? Then you are in the right place because Social Shifters invites applications for the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs in the UK in 2021. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications are open until July 16th. 

11. The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships in the USA for Journalists from Developing Countries 2021

Alfred Friendly Press Partners in the USA invites applications for the 2021 general fellowships open to professional journalists from developing countries. This is also one of the top global competitions for international students to explore. Worth of Award: Full funding. Deadline: Applications close August 31, 2021.  

12. 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

13. 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.

14. 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.

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