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UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2020 (USD $50,000 Prize)

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Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to build inclusive societies. Although notable progress has been made over the last 20 years, 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom (UNESCO Institute for Statistics).

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.

Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of US $50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education Eligibility

Nominations must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize. Nominated projects must be established and running for at least two years, show potential to be replicable and scalable, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the Prize. An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainability.

Consult the selection process webpage of the Prize to learn more.

When?

Deadline for submissions is 26 May 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education Application

Nominations must be submitted in English or French via an online platform, accessible only to Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO.

Based on the recommendations of the Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will announce the 2020 laureates who will receive the award at an official ceremony on 11 October 2020 as part of International Day of the Girl Child celebrations.

Established in 2015 and funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize honours outstanding and innovative practices advancing girls’ and women’s education. It consists of two US $50,000 awards to help further the work of laureates in this field.

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The Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Organizations with innovative solutions

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The $1M Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity. Applications from anyone — individuals, for-profits, teams, non-profits, and B-corps — are welcome.

Deadline: April 10, 2020.
Eligibility

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
  • Organizations whose primary focus of their work is either Education, Science, Environment, or Humanity
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
    Be able to legally receive grant funding
Prizes

Four awardees will receive $250,000 each. Awards will be announced in August 2020. The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.

Timeline and Applications
Prize Launch: March 4, 2020
Between March 4 and April 10, learn about the Prize, register account, review and apply.
 
Round One Deadline: April 10, 2020
Complete registration and submit application by 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.
 
Round One review: April 13–May 8, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure compliance with Prize eligibility and rules. Advisors provide specialised expertise to reviewers, and Round One applications are evaluated using a scoring rubric.
 
Round Two opens: May 11, 2020
Select number of applications will be invited to submit application for Round Two of the Prize. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the Prize. Invited applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application.
 
Round Two deadline: June 5, 2020
Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by June 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Round Two Evaluation: June 8- July 13, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of advisors evaluates applications using the scoring criteria, with consultations from advisors. Top scoring applications from each category are selected for award.
 
Prize Announcement: August 2020
The 2020 Prize Awardees will be announced on The Roddenberry Foundation website, The Roddenberry Foundation social media, and via press release.
HOW TO APPLY 

If you did not register for our new application system in 2019, or if you submitted an application in 2018 or earlier, you can create an account APPLY HERE.

If you did create an account, simply sign in HERE and click the “Apply” button on the right next to “Prize”.

For more Information: Visit the website for Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs & Changemakers 

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Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020 for Students & Young Entrepreneurs

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The Drucker Challenge is an international essay competition held annually by the Drucker Society Europe, in conjunction with the Drucker Forum. The Challenge explores a current topic in management – typically related to the theme of the Forum – in the context of Peter Drucker’s human-oriented management philosophy.

Requirements for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest:

General requirements

  • You must be 18-35 years old (inclusive of both ages)
  • You must have been selected no more than once (or not at all) among the top 10 since 2010

Essay category requirements
You can submit one essay to participate as either a student or a professional
(please mention your main occupation in the submission form)

Student category

  • You are a part-time or full-time student (bachelor, master, MBA, or PhD) or you are seeking your first opportunity after the completion of your last degree

Professional category

You are a

  • manager of people, projects, budgets, and/or processes
  • an entrepreneur or business owner
  • licensed professional
  • social volunteer or community leader

First Prizes:

  • A cash prize of 1.500 EUR  (to be handed over at Awards ceremony)

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue)
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
    Sightseeing or Museum tour with an experienced guide (upon request)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
    on this website plus Drucker Forum newsletter and Forum Community newsletter. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Ranking list and publication of essay
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Second and Third
Prize Winners

(Those who are ranked nr. 2 or nr. 3 in the Student or Professional category)

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website. Your essay may be re-published by your university/company with credits given to Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Finalists Ranked
Places 4 to 10

BENEFITS

  • Free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) (including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue). A special Young Generation Luncheon will be organized
  • Invitation to pre-conference events on October 28:
    Morning: Drucker Forum Specials (more to come)
    Afternoon: Drucker Challenge Get-Together (with partner) – opportunity to network with peers, Drucker Challenge team and Jury in a Viennese cosy atmosphere!
    Evening: Networking Reception at House of Industry (with partner) – opportunity to mingle with the Drucker Forum family
  • Invitation to the Gala event on October 29 with seated dinner and Awards ceremony (with partner)
  • Opportunity to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay
  • Certificate with ranking
  • Ranking list and publication of essay on this website.
  • Invitation to join the exclusive Drucker Challenge Alumni Community on social media networks
  • One-year-all-access subscription to the Harvard Business Review
  • Funding of travel expenses: Your international travel and accommodation costs for attending the Forum will be reimbursed based on our travel process & policy. If you need visa to travel to Austria, we will advise early travel arrangements.

Places 11 to 15

(all equal without ranking)

BENEFITS

  • If you qualified for the Second Round of judging without being selected as one of the 10 finalists, you will receive free participation and waived registration fee (regular fee +/- € 2,000) for the 12th Global Peter Drucker Forum to be held in Vienna on October 29-30, 2020 at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), including conference bag and brochure, buffet lunches, and coffee breaks at the conference venue
  • You must make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation in order to attending the Forum. No cash refund.
  • However, you will be eligible to win the Special Recognition Award for the most original essay (with travel/accommodation reimbursement based on our travel process & policy)

How to submit your Essay for Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

Go to SUBMISSION in the main menu, fill in the form and upload your essay.

In case you encounter problems with uploading, please send your file and information to essay[at]druckerchallenge.org BEFORE May 24, 2020, 16:00 CET (4:00 PM CET)

Please note:

  • NO entry fees to be paid
  • Authors from all around the world are invited

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Peter Drucker Challenge Essay Contest 2020

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