2021 winners of the Intercultural Innovation Award, a program developed by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group, have now been announced.
Ten global grassroots initiatives have been named finalists of the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Award during an Awards Ceremony held in Dubai on November 19, 2021. This year, the selection process was highly competitive, with over 1,100 applications received from 120 countries. The winners are:
- International Trustbuilding – Initiatives of Change International (Switzerland)
- Knitting a Better Future – La Cana, Productos con Causa (Mexico)
- Dialogue on the Human Fraternity Document – Mediterranean Youth Foundation (Egypt)
- MITTI Café, Inclusion with Every Meal – MITTI Social Initiative Foundation (India)
- Arrival Advisor – PeaceGeeks Society (Canada)
- Emerging Leaders – PLACE Network (France)
- Politize! Ambassadors Program: Promoting Civic Empowerment for All – Politize! Civic Education Institute (Brazil)
- Always Remember, Never Forget – Spielen in der Stadt (Germany)
- Creative Youth Boot Camp: Art for Social Transformation – Street Project Foundation (Nigeria)
- SMART Advocates: For Effective Dialogue to Address the Grassroots Conflicts – Strengthening Youth Leadership Collective (Sri Lanka)
Besides the financial support of 200,000 USD (to be divided equally across the 10 selected projects), award winners will benefit from professional project guidance from the BMW Group, UNAOC, and the business consulting firm Accenture. Recipients will also receive managerial and strategic project support and become part of the “Intercultural Leaders” network, which connects professionals and managers across the globe.
Videos describing each of the projects and organizations available here.
Call for applications: Global Challenges Teaching Awards, USA-UK Fulbright Commission. Deadline: 13 December 2021.
The Global Challenges Teaching Award supports US and UK higher education institution teaching faculty to co-deliver a virtual exchange course for undergraduate students. The calamity of COVID-19 has disrupted every dimension of our lives across the globe. Racial injustice persists in society. Climate change continues to melt glaciers and wreak extreme weather and havoc around the globe. Tackling these global challenges requires global collaboration. International education exchange is one tried and tested way of bringing minds together, but traditional, in-person exchange, is under severe economic and environmental pressure and, crucially, is not a viable option for everyone.
The Global Challenges Teaching Awards support pairs of teaching faculty – one at a US higher education institution (HEI), one at a UK HEI – to co-deliver a virtual exchange programme for undergraduates between their two universities. There are three awards available focusing on three specific global challenges:
- Racial Justice
- Climate Change
The award is open to faculty across the UK and US and selected grantees will take part in a year-long programme to support the development and delivery of a virtual exchange course.
Call for nominations: Intercultural Achievement Awards, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna, Austria. Deadline: 6 June 2021.
The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) is a key project for intercultural dialogue of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. The award honours successful and innovative projects in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, both in Austria and on a global scale. The award is open to all those who identify and make use of opportunities which positively shape intercultural co-existence. It also rewards those who successfully break new ground in intercultural dialogue, who have mastered a specific challenge through intercultural action, and who promote the dialogue of cultures and religions through their media presence.
Organizers are looking for both large and small projects implemented by organisations or individuals. The IAA specifically promotes intercultural and inter religious projects in the fields of Arts/Culture, Youth, Human Rights, Global Citizenship Education and Integration. The projects need to be either in the process of being implemented or already completed. Applications are open to both non-profit organizations and commercial organisations. Individuals from civil society can also participate.
Call for nominations: Intercultural Innovation Award, UNAOC and BMW Group, USA and Germany. Deadline: 27 May 2021.
For the past ten years, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have invited organizations around the world to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award. The two partners have used this award to support innovative projects promoting intercultural understanding.
This year, the focus will primarily be on projects promoting gender equality, countering violent extremism, hatred, and prejudices, and advocating for art, culture, and sports as vehicles for social cohesion and diversity.
To leverage the social impact of the selected projects, all ten finalists will receive the same financial assistance. For this reason, with the support of the consulting firm Accenture, the partners have increased the financial award to USD 200,000. In addition, the finalists will receive individual and professional consulting and participate in various training sessions and workshops. Recipients will also have access to “Intercultural Leaders”, an exclusive skills and knowledge-sharing platform developed by UNAOC and BMW Group for civil society organizations and young leaders working on promoting intercultural dialogue worldwide.
Call for nominations: Intercultural Achievement Awards, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria. Deadline: 15 June 2020.
The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) is a key project for intercultural dialogue of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. The award honours successful and innovative projects in the field of intercultural dialogue, both in Austria and on a global scale. The award is open to all those who identify and make use of opportunities which positively shape intercultural co-existence. It also rewards those who successfully break new ground in intercultural dialogue, who have mastered a specific challenge through intercultural action, and who promote the dialogue of cultures and religions through their media presence.
Organizers are looking for both large and small projects implemented by organisations or individuals. The IAA specifically promotes intercultural projects in the fields of Arts/Culture, Youth, Human Rights, Global Citizenship Education and Integration. Applications are open to both non-profit and commercial organisations. Individuals from civil society can also participate.
In view of the global COVID19-crisis 2020, special projects dedicated to coping with restriction and consequences of this crisis will be eligible for the award in all categories. However, special emphasis should be given to the aspect of people of different background living together and countering prejudice and fear. It is possible to select several categories in one submission.
Call for entries: Alfred Fried Photography Award for images of “what does peace look like?”. Deadline: June 2, 2019.
The Alfred Fried Photography Award recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. The award goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence.
Those 14 years or younger can enter photos for the Children’s Peace Image of the Year.
The top five listed photographers will be awarded the Alfred Fried Photography Award Medal. The Peace Image of the Year will receive €10,000. The winning picture will be on display for one year at the Austrian Parliament and will be included in the permanent art collection of the Austrian Parliament. There is an award ceremony in Vienna and worldwide exhibitions as well.
Intercultural Innovation Award, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group. Deadline: 31 May 2019.
Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply. Ten organizations will be selected to receive the Intercultural Innovation Award. Based on their needs, recipients will receive a monetary grant to help their projects expand and replicate (total funding available in 2019: USD 100,500). They will also benefit from a one-year mentoring program, which will include capacity-building training in a multitude of areas, from communications to fundraising and project management. Recipients of the Intercultural Innovation Award will also become members of Intercultural Leaders, an exclusive skill and knowledge-sharing digital platform for civil society organizations and young leaders working in the field of intercultural dialogue.
European network on cultural management and policy (ENCATC) Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management. Deadline: 1 May 2019.
Launched in 2014, the ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management is bestowed annually upon the best and most relevant recent PhD Thesis on comparative cultural policies or management topics presented by a young/emerging researcher. This prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy and cultural management with an emphasis on its applied implications. The ENCATC Award also has the ambition to contribute to the process of creating a network of scholars who are competent in doing comparative research projects in cultural policy and cultural management.
Award consists of the publication of the thesis in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series, a new series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy headed by ENCATC. The international dissemination of the ENCATC Book Series is ensured by Peter Lang, an international publishing group based in Switzerland and operating throughout the world. Emerging researchers in the field of cultural policy and cultural management from Europe and the rest of the world are eligible to apply. Applicants must have recently published PhD thesis exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research. The PhD thesis should inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the broad field of culture.
Call for nominations: Intercultural Achievement Awards, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria. Deadline: 30 April 2019.
Do you know of a project that promotes intercultural dialogue, in Austria and internationally? Once again this year, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs awards prizes to successful and innovative projects in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Intercultural projects which are active in the following thematic areas are eligible for a prize: Art/Culture, Youth, Human Rights, Global Citizenship Education and Integration (the competition in Integration is open to projects based and operating in Austria exclusively).
The IAA 2019 will be awarded for the best respective project in each of these four categories:
* SUSTAINABILITY: Best on-going project with sustainable impact (Prize: EUR 10.000,-)
* RECENT EVENTS: Best project with reference to current issues (Prize: EUR 5.000,-)
* INNOVATION: Most innovative intercultural project (Prize: EUR 5.000,-)
* MEDIA: Best media contribution for intercultural understanding (Prize: EUR 5.000,-)
The IAA 2018 award winners are described in this brochure.
Competition for visual representations of multilingualism. Deadline: 29 March 2019.
BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) is looking for applied linguists and visual artists to submit visual representations of multilingualism as part of an international competition.
This competition aims to provide a creative opportunity to explore new ways of representing multilingualism through visual means and to stimulate debate and raise awareness about innovative ways of thinking about multilingualism.
Multilingualism has often failed to be represented, or – when it has been represented – this has been done through the co-presence of a select number of languages. However, this raises the question of which languages are represented and why, while recent research about multilingual practices, for example translanguaging, has questioned traditional views of languages as discrete systems. This research has also highlighted the multilingual language user’s capacity to create an apparently seamless flow between named languages and language varieties to achieve effective and meaningful communication in everyday social interaction.
BAAL’s interests are in how applied linguists and artists represent these new ways of thinking about multilingualism creatively and visually and how these images communicate the message about dynamic multilingualism to the public. The competition is open to artists, designers and/or applied linguists working in a range of 2D practices, including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design, collage, digital, photography, etc. Sculptural/relief works presented in a 2D format will also be accepted. Collaborations between artists and applied linguists, and submissions from students of all levels are particularly welcome.