Millennium Fellowship class of 2021 application is now open!

The United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network are pleased announce a call for applications for the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2021.

The semester-long leadership development program is open to undergraduates around the world. It will take place on selected campuses worldwide from August 2021 to December 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and eligible students will proceed to the second and final round of the application. 


MIT Solve Call for Global Challenges Solutions


MIT Solve announces their 2021 Global Challenges for Social Entrepreneurs. MIT Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a mission to solve world challenges. Their Global Challenges seeks to fund the next class of tech-based social entrepreneurs who can offer solutions to the year’s challenges.

The Global Challenges

Applicants are invited to submit a solution by 16 June 2021 to any of this year’s five Challenges and one fellowship and apply to access the more than $1.5 million in funding. Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly Week on September 19, 2021 in New York City. At the event, leading cross-sector experts will select 35-40 of the most promising tech-based innovators to become Solver teams. These teams will take part in Solve’s nine-month program, which includes coaching, mentorship, and networking opportunities to scale their solutions. 

Solve’s 2021 Global Challenges are:

How to Submit

MIT Solve applications can be found on their website and must be written in English. You may apply to more than one Challenge, however if selected, only one idea can be pitched to the judges. Current and alumni Solver teams are allowed to apply to a new Global Challenge; however, the solution must be new and not the same solution that was previously selected by Solve. You can get help with applications here. If you do not have access to a strong internet connection, a paper application form is available.


2021 International Conference on Sustainable Development Call for Abstracts!


The International Conference on Sustainable Development provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs, in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is hosting the 9th annual International Conference on Sustainable Development. Happening virtually from 20-21 September, the conference is inviting persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business, to submit an abstract on the theme: Research for Impact: An inclusive and Sustainable Planet. The conference is a top academic international conference for discussing sustainable development issues and provided an audience for presenters from 149 countries in 2020.

Call for Abstracts

The conference theme is Research for Impact: An inclusive and Sustainable Planet. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. View a list of topics relevant to the abstracts.

How to Submit

Interested persons should submit an abstract between 300-500 words. Abstracts may be submitted as either poster or oral presentation, such as a PowerPoint. The abstract must only be submitted once and under one theme. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple topics is likely to result in the abstract being declined.

Deadline for submission is 1 May 2021. Applicants will receive a decision by 1 June 2021. If the abstract was accepted for an oral presentation, applicants have until 1 August 2021 to submit a full paper. More information can be found on the website.

Important Notes

The abstracts should be submitted in English, aside from topic 15, which will be accepted in English or French. If it is applicable, the submission of a full paper in the event of submitting an oral presentation for topic 3 is optional. Full papers will be published in a book of conference proceedings after the event, unless authors request only their abstract to be included.


UN Global Climate Action Award


Organizations, businesses, universities, governments and others taking bold leadership on climate change can nominate their work for a special 10th anniversary edition of the UN Global Climate Action Awards. The annual award programme, run by United Nations Climate Change since 2011, recognizes the world’s most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change. The 2021 award winners will be celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland in November.


The 2021 UN Global Climate Action Awards will recognize climate action that is already achieving real and tangible results in three categories:

If your institution has successfully implemented a project, initiative, program or other activity that addresses climate change mitigation or adaptation while focusing on one of the three areas outlined above, the UN Global Climate Action Award wants to know!

Winners will be showcased at UNFCCC COP26 event and will be highlighted through various media channels, providing a unique chance to gain international visibility and recognition. Winners will also have a chance to engage with policy makers and receive PR support.


To be eligible, your activity must:

  • Address climate change mitigation or adaption
  • Be already implemented, or in the course of implementation
  • Be scalable and/or replicable
  • Be innovative
  • Deliver verifiable social and environmental benefits

Submit your application by 30 April 2021.

Important Notes

Your project must not be registered or have intentions to register as a clean development mechanism or joint implementation initiative in the next two years. If you have submitted your project previously but were not selected, you are free to resubmit for 2021.

Lean more about the Awards:


Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program


The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) matches aspiring development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists, creating unique opportunities for the fellows to participate in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Fellows will be hosted at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 8 months (September to May each year) and work under the supervision of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments, engaging in high-quality and policy-relevant research projects..


To be considered for the RSMFP, applicants must be:

  1. Nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with preference to nationals of developing countries;
  2. Graduates of MA level studies or currently pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field;
  3. No more than 35 years of age (by June 30th of the year the fellowship starts);
  4. Available to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the fellowship.

How to Apply

The window for applications is now open and will accept applications until April 30. For more detailed information regarding the application please go to “apply” page. To be considered, applicants must submit:

  • Resume
  • Statement of research interests
  • Contact details for a letter of recommendation (RSMFP team will contact the academic advisor for the letter)
  • Writing sample in English (optional)
  • Code samples (optional)

The statement of research interests should describe research interests and indicate the research programs of interest within DEC. Fellowships will be awarded based on application materials and demonstrated skills in required software. Cohort formation will seek to achieve geographical and gender representation.

For general inquiries, contact