Win a Cash Prize of 6,000 Eur for Young Researchers in the Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest 2021 (Age 40 and above)

Are you a young researcher with at least a master’s degree, aged 40 and above?

Then apply for the Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest 2021 for a chance at the cash prize of 6,000 Euros.

Application Deadline: July 4 2021


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All shortlisted participants who go through the revision and resubmission will compete for monetary prizes worth EUR 6,000.


  • Disciplinary expertise: The competition is open to researchers with at least a Master’s degree in social sciences. Applicants from the natural sciences are welcome to apply if they are currently working in larger multidisciplinary teams with social scientists.
  • Age: up to 40 years old on July 4th, 2021
  • Professional/academic affiliation: the contest is open to researchers with at least a Master’s degree, and who spend a significant part of their time working on academically informed research, irrespective of the registration status of their institution of affiliation. For example, applicants based in NGOs or think tanks and who conduct academically informed research, are welcome to apply even if they do not have an academic affiliation. This presumes you have a list of publications you can attach to your CV.
  • Nationality: the contest is open to all researchers affiliated to an institution based in one of the countries listed in Annexe 1, irrespective of their nationality.
  • Language: applicants are requested to submit their videos and application in English or French

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Application Instructions

The applicants will be asked to submit:

  1. Up to date CV, including a list of publications and of ongoing research projects, with links to public information about them whenever possible.
  2. A copy of your passport or ID.
  3. A copy of your Master’s degree certificate.
  4. A link to your original video uploaded on YouTube. The visibility of the video will have to be set to private, and only accessible to people with a direct link on YouTube till the end of the competition. Only the URL to the video will need to be submitted as part of the application on the application platform. Please follow the ‘How To’ document for further details on the video, including links to examples.
  5. A copyright transfer declaration, as per the form provided on the application platform, to allow GDN and AFD to review and re-publish your video. This will be available on the application platform.

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How can you participate?

To take part in the contest, you are asked to produce (and make available online, following the instructions provided in appendix) an original video of 3-5m, focusing on the development challenge or transition you are currently working on. Note: we do not ask you to present your current research project or your latest paper, but to discuss in a video format the knowledge emerging from your research field, starting from a well-identified development challenge or transition. We are looking for videos that present research-based knowledge clearly and concisely, to reach the widest possible adult audience.

The video should cover the following questions:

  1. What transition will shape development in the next decade?
  2. Why do you see an urgent need to communicate about it?
  3. What are the roots and ramifications of the transition you are talking about?
  4. How does it affect us as a society, and as individuals?
  5. What key policies will be important to shape this transition?

If you are shortlisted, you will be expected to revise your video based on multiple feedback from academic and communications experts. Finalists will have access to more research communication activities of AFD and GDN, on products or topics that might differ slightly from the submitted videos.

About the Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest

Global Development Network

The Global Development Network is partnering with the French Development Agency, AFD, to conduct an online video contest, on key development transitions taking place across the globe. The videos will tell the story of these transitions through the eyes of young researchers working in the Global South – enabling global audiences to learn about their challenges and successes. The videos will link deep local knowledge and perspectives to the public discourse on global development through a variety of subjects such as climate, energy, gender, governance and more. 

Global Transitions, Southern Voices 

More scientific evidence is available today on the boundaries of our planet, natural and social, than ever before. Yet, steering change in the right direction – locally, regionally and globally – remains a major challenge. Scientific evidence remains hard to grasp. It struggles to find its way into public and policy debates. The public understanding of the broad development transitions we are living through at the planetary level remains limited. Efforts to revert this trend, bringing development transitions back into the public discussion, are essential to shaping our collective present and our future.

 The Agence Française de Developement (AFD) and the Global Development Network (GDN) have joined hands to launch a global video contest targeting young researchers conducting quality work on the transitions that are shaping development today – locally, regionally or globally. Young scholars based and operating in the global South are invited to submit to the contest short, self-produced videos.

Drawing from their own scientific endeavours and that of others in their field of work, young researchers are asked to communicate clearly and concisely about the societal challenges and dynamics they are studying. Using a language that is appropriate for a wide audience of non-specialists, the videos should aim at bringing into public discussions quality and up-to-date knowledge on the key development transitions shaping our lives.

Key Dates and Order of Program


  • April 13th: Call is launched
  • July 4th: Call closes
  • July 9th: Eligibility check is complete
  • July 30th: Shortlisting is complete
  • Sept 17th: one-on-one coaching is complete
  • October 10th: Submission deadline for finalist videos
  • October 18th to 26th: Jury reviews submissions by finalists at GDN 2021 Conference
  • By Oct 26th: AFD and GDN announce winners

Through a two-step competitive selection, the contest will shortlist up to 20 videos. Shortlisted applicants will receive structured feedback and support (from both communications experts and research staff) before they are invited to re-work and submit a final and longer version of their video. 

 A Jury of senior academics co-chaired by Thomas Mélonio (Executive Director of Innovation, Research, and Knowledge, French Development Agency) and Pierre Jacquet (President, Global Development Network) will assign prizes to the 3 top videos. Both winners and finalists will have a chance to take part in further audio-video productions by AFD and by GDN, with the potential of gaining global visibility.

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Emmanuella Igomu is a content writer at Camberene. She is a communication enthusiast currently studying Mass communication, where she majors in Public Relations and Advertising. Emmanuella sometimes doubles as a brand promoter/online marketer and hopes to intern in a public relations/advertising agency or online marketing department in the near future.

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