Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest 2021 for Young Researchers (EUR 6,000 prize)

Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest 2021 for Young Researchers (EUR 6,000 prize)

Deadline: July 4, 2021

Applications are open for the Global Development Network (GDN) Video Contest 2021 for Young Researchers. 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.


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


  • 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;
  • Be up to 40 years old on July 4, 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.
  • The contest is open to all researchers affiliated to an institution based in one of the countries listed here, irrespective of their nationality.
  • Applicants are requested to submit their videos and application in English or French.

How to Participate

To take part in the contest, you are asked to produce (and make available online, following the instructions provided) an original video of 3-5m, focusing on the development challenge or transition you are currently working on. Note: they 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.

They 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:

  • 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?


The applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Up to date CV, including a list of publications and of ongoing research projects, with links to public information about them whenever possible.
  • A copy of your passport or ID.
  • A copy of your Master’s degree certificate.
  • 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.
  • 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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For more information, visit GDN Video Contest.