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2018 International Essay Contest for Young People

Entries are now open for the annual essay contest organised by the Goi Peace Foundation. Open to those aged up to 25 years old, the contest aims to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Essays can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese in response to the theme ‘The Change I Want to Make”, with prizes of JPY 100,000 and JPY 50,000 awarded respectively for 1st and 2nd places. Entries close 15 June 2018. Guidelines on how to enter can be found here.

2018 Call for Nominations: UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Nominations are now open for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Within the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, the prize honours individuals, institutions, organisations or other entities for outstanding projects or programmes in the field of ESD, with three annual awards of US $50,000 for each recipient. Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. The deadline for nominations is midnight on 3 May, 2018 (UTC+1, Paris time). Further details including the selection criteria and submission procedure can be found here

2018 World Social Science Forum (WSSF)

The WSSF 2018, to be held 25-28 September in Fukuoka, Japan, will explore various dimensions of security, under the theme “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures”. For early-career researchers attending the event, two grant programmes have been announced: the WSSF Scholarship for Early-Career Social Scientists from Low- or Lower-Middle Income Countries and the WSSF Fukuoka Student Award. The deadline for both scholarships is 17 March 2018 (24:00 JST). Full details and application forms are available here.


Since 1992, MCFA has been promoting environmental causes throughout the Americas to support projects that align with four central aims: Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Education, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development. Ideal timing for proposals is during the first quarter of the calendar year. Read more

The European Union (EU) is seeking applications for its programme entitled “Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Growth”. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to a maximum of EUR 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.
Call for nominations for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD 2017! Funded by the Government of Japan, the third edition of UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD consists of three annual awards of US $50,000 for each recipient. All stakeholders involved in ESD (regional governments, public/private educational institutions, NGOs, local communities, media) have the opportunity to participate. Deadline is 2 May, 2017.

This is a yearly student design competition that allows for collaboration across institutional and disciplinary boundaries, using design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000, to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.


Norway's Research Council’s large-scale Climate Programme KLIMAFORSK is a 10-year initiative for climate research (2014-2023). With an annual budget of 140 mio NOK, they are now accepting applications from universities, research institutes and other research groups, for example in the industrial sector or not-for-profit organisations. Read more