Global Development Network Video Contest for Young Researchers in India 2021

The Global Development Network in partnership with the French Development Agency, AFD, invites applications for the Global Development Network Video Contest for Young Researchers in the Global South in India in 2021.

The Agence Française de Développement (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 endeavors 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.

To take part in the contest, you are asked to produce an original video of 3-5m, focusing on the development challenge or transition you are currently working on. Discuss in a video format the knowledge emerging from your research field, starting from a well-identified development challenge or transition. The video should cover the following questions:

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

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


Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • 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 with an institution based in
    one of the eligible countries, irrespective of their nationality.
  • Language: applicants are requested to submit their videos and applications in English
    or French.

How to Apply

To apply, log into their platorm
Note that applicants will be asked to submit: A

  • copy of their passport or ID.
  • copy of their Master’s degree certificate.
  • links to their 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.
  • copyright transfer declarations, as per the form provided on the application platform,
    to allow GDN and AFD to review and re-publish their videos. This will be available on
    the application platform.
  • Up to date CV, including a list of publications and of ongoing research projects, with
    links to the public information about them whenever possible.
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Deadline: The call closes on July 4th.


Click here for more details and to apply