ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 ($10,000 prize pool)

ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 ($10,000 prize pool)

Deadline: August 1, 2021

The ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 is open for entries. This is a global competition for youth from around the world to find innovative solutions to the planet’s most pressing climate issues.

Throughout 2021, ClimateScience is running an Olympiad, an exciting global climate problem-solving event  for youth aged 14-25. They will engage over 10,000 youth from around the world in an effort to find innovative solutions to our planet’s most pressing climate issues. Participants will meet like-minded individuals and learn more about issues they care about.

In addition to a rewarding experience, ClimateScience is offering a $10,000 prize pool and finalists get the opportunity to come together in Glasgow, UK during COP26. 

ClimateScience is a global charity creating and providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to 100,000s of people worldwide. 


  • Winners: The top 3 teams win US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000, respectively. The prize money is split half/half between the two team members or awarded in full in case the winner participated on their own.
  • Finalists: If there’s no more pandemic, finalists will meet in person and attend the ‘Green zone’ of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP-26) in Glasgow on Nov 1-12, 2021. We are applying for finalists to also get a chance to enter the zone where political conversations happen and will post an update on this by April 2021.
  • Semi-finalists: You are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help you prepare for the semi-final and, if you proceed, for the final.


  • They host two age brackets: 14-17 and 18-25. If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you are eligible regardless of nationality or other factors.
  • Both members of a team must be within the same age bracket at the time of application. They will require proof-of-age from everyone who makes it to the semi-finals.
  • Both age brackets participate in the same qualifiers and answer the same type of problem statements. However, they only compare participants within their age groups. This means they score the two brackets independently and normalise them within each other. Semi-finalists, finalists and eventually the winners are then chosen based on the highest normalised score across age groups. This ensures fair comparison regardless of age.


  • Entry essay: You don’t need to prepare for essays – just write down what your current understanding of the topic is.
  • Qualifiers: Only 5% of participants can advance to the semi finals, so preparation can make a major difference.
  • Semi-finalists: If you made it to the semi finals, congratulations! All semi-finalists are invited to a ClimateScience-led training group to help you prepare intensely, if you want to.
  • Finalists: Same as semi finals.

Registration ends on August 1st, 2021. The last qualifiers will be in early September.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit ClimateScience.