2019 Thought For Food Challenge

Closing Date 24.1 2020. Annual global innovation competition focused on creating and accelerating successful, socially responsible food and agriculture startups in all parts of the world. Next generation innovators and entrepreneurs are called upon to develop new food and agriculture-related business concepts and ventures that improve livelihoods, replenish natural resources, sequester carbon, reduce waste and enhance health and nutrition. Projects should leverage cutting-edge technologies like biotech, blockchain, AI/machine learning, and robotics and incorporate collaborative, circular and inclusive business models. Open to individuals between the ages …

Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program [Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society @ CUNY]

Applications Close 20.1 2020. Program will provide leadership training through seminars with Third-sector practitioners, research based on best practices, and the application of a comparative framework. Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), where they will attend weekly seminars, explore work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study U.S. and international community foundation models. During the program, participants pursue an individualized research project and develop a professional presentation to disseminate their findings. Program …

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Solutions due 17.1 2020. Worldwide search for early stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment. Competition is open to individuals and teams of students or recent alumni from any college or university. Eligibility: At least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2018. If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that …

Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies [University of Michigan]

Applications Close 15.1 2020. Two-year fellowship supports multidisciplinary research on the broad historical, political, economic, and societal conditions under which democracy and autocracy either emerge and endure or falter and fail. Open to scholars who have received their Ph.D. since 2018. The fellowship period is from September 2020 – August 2022. Up to two awards are available for the 2020-22 fellowship. WCED Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to focus on their own research, participate in occasional WCED workshops and events, and present at least one public …

Large Research Grants on Education Program [Spencer Foundation]

Applications Due 14.1 2020. Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from USD $125,000 up through USD $500,000 and for projects durations of one to five years. This program supports proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, and from scholars at various stages in their career. It seeks to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may also have a lasting impact on policy-making, practice, or educational discourse. Scholars …

Transparency and Accountability Initiative Photo Grant

Submissions Close 13.1 2020. Competition seeks to promote conversation around transparency and accountability issues and provide a space for photographers and artists to help bring these concepts to life. Open to professional and amateur photographers of any nationality aged 18 and older. Photographers are not constrained in what they submit, but potential themes might include manifestations of transparency and accountability in how citizens interact with government, use of public resources, sharing and use of data, integrity of companies and governments. A single prize will be …

Digital Civil Society Lab Postdoctoral Fellowship [Stanford University]

Applications Close 13.1 2020. The Digital Civil Society Lab envisions an independent civil society that thrives in the digital age through the safe, ethical and effective use of private digital resources for public benefit. The Lab brings promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1-2 year appointments as postdoctoral fellows. Each fellow will be primarily affiliated with the Digital Civil Society Lab, and potentially cross-affiliated with a department or school at Stanford University depending on the fellow’s specific disciplinary focus. Open to applications from candidates representing …

Program on Democracy and the Internet [Stanford University]

Applications Close 13.1 2020. The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) envisions digital technologies supporting rather than subverting democracy by maximizing the benefits and minimizing the threats through changes in policy, technology, and social and ethical technological norms. Each year, it brings promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1 year appointments as postdoctoral fellows, with potential for extension. Applications encouraged from candidates representing a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, law, computer science and engineering. Each fellow will be affiliated …

#IdeasChangeLives [British Council]

Closing Date: 10.1 2020. Global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. For 2019, ideas are sought within one of three Global Goals for Sustainable Development: Goal 4: Quality education; Goal 5: Gender equality; and Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth. The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world, whether they apply as an individual or an organization. Applicants do not necessarily need a working prototype, or need not be working in the digital or …

National Endowment for Democracy Grants Program

Due Date: 10.1 2020. Support available to NGOs (including civic organizations, associations, independent media, and similar groups) for nonpartisan programs in the following thematic areas: Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law Support freedom of information and independent media Strengthen democratic ideas and values Promote accountability and transparency Strengthen civil society organizations Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions Promote civic education Support democratic conflict resolution Promote freedom of association Strengthen a broad-based market economy Grant amounts vary depending on the size and …