UNAOC: Intercultural Innovation Hub 2023

Grants

Intercultural Innovation Hub, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group. Deadline: 2 December 2022.

Apply now to become the Next Global Changemakers. The new Intercultural Innovation Hub of UNAOC and the BMW Group connects people and cultures, empowers grassroots organizations and elevates intercultural innovation. Selected projects promoting diversity, integration and social inclusion will work towards achieving sustainable growth. Participants will benefit from a financial grant of up to 20,000 USD plus a year of capacity-building workshops, customized support, and membership to the “Intercultural Leaders” global networking platform.

Since 2011, UNAOC and the BMW Group have worked with leaders and organizations from around the globe to tackle intercultural challenges through social innovations. With the new Intercultural Innovation Hub, our mission is to connect people and cultures, empower grassroots organizations, as well as elevate and scale up intercultural innovation. To this end, organizations promoting diversity, integration and social inclusion are invited to become part of the hub and benefit from comprehensive support to expand the social impact of their projects.

The Intercultural Innovation Hub is focused on supporting projects that promote gender equality, counter violent extremism, hatred, and prejudice, and advocate for art, culture and sports as vectors for social cohesion and diversity, through:

  • Financial support for sustainable growth: To leverage the social impact of the selected projects, up to ten finalists will receive up to 20,000 USD each to help their initiative scale up sustainably.

  • One-year capacity-building program: UNAOC and BMW Group with the support of Accenture, will provide the recipients a year-long series of capacity-building workshops and customized support.

  • Membership to the “Intercultural Leaders” community: Participants will be part of a global network of changemakers working in the fields of social inclusion and diversity.

UNAOC: Fellowships for Emerging Leaders 2022

Fellowships

Fellowships for emerging leaders, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Deadline: 5 June 2022.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to launch the Call for Applications for the 2022 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to participants between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges and intercultural cooperation to challenge and deconstruct hate speech and stereotypes.

The theme of the Fellowship 2022 is “Countering discrimination and racism: the nexus to building pluralistic and diverse societies”. The choice of the theme stems from UNAOC’s core mandate of tackling racism and discrimination and finding ways to addressing root causes of polarization within and between societies. Intercultural dialogue represents an important tool to prevent conflict and build social cohesion, peace and stability. As a mainstay of UNAOC’s work, intercultural dialogue will remain a central focus of the Fellowship agenda with visits and activities aiming at providing participants with crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality and the complexity of their surroundings, and to get an extensive grasp of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, media and more.

To be selected, candidates must be able to present professional achievements related to the theme. The Call will lead to the selection of a group of 8 young leaders from Europe, North-America (EUNA) and a group of 8 young leaders from the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA) who will travel together to selected countries in both regions for two weeks. The goal of the Fellowship is to challenge perceptions and deconstruct stereotypes by providing participants with first hand exposure to cultural diversity. In every country they visit, UNAOC Fellows will interact with a wide range of local stakeholders. Together, they will explore opportunities for intercultural collaboration and exchange ideas and good practices on building pluralistic and diverse societies as a foundation for sustainable peace.

 

 

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2022

Film Festivals
#PLURALplus22 call for videos: Youth video festival on migration, diversity, and social inclusion, a UNAOC and IOM initiative. Deadline: 17 June 2022.

In a world often characterized by intolerance and cultural divisions, the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival recognizes youth as powerful agents of social change and empowers them to share their creative vision with the world and foster respect for diversity. Launched in 2009, PLURAL+ is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with a network of more than 50 partner organizations around the globe. Every year, PLURAL+ gives young people around the world the opportunity to express their vision and their creativity through multimedia production. PLURAL+ invites young people of up to 25 years old to submit original and creative short films focusing on the themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.

PLURAL+ video entries are five minutes maximum and can be of any genre (animation, documentary, music video, comedy, etc.) as long as they convey a message that can contribute to making the audience think in constructive ways about the pressing social issues of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia. In addition, videos can be in any language as long as English subtitles are provided.

Sport for One Humanity Grants

Grants

Sport for One Humanity grants, Turkish Airlines and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Deadline: 25 May 2022.

The main objective of the Sport for One Humanity initiative is to select and support innovative sports-based projects implemented by civil society organizations that promote a culture of peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among diverse communities and cultures around the world. The initiative will give priority to projects using and promoting sport as a tool for strengthening diversity and inclusiveness, education and empowerment of youth, empowerment of women and girls, inclusion of persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups and fostering peaceful and inclusive societies.

Submitted projects must contribute to promoting intercultural dialogue, strengthening diversity and fostering inclusive societies through sport, among other criteria.

Intercultural Innovation Award Finalists 2021

Awards2021 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.

Intercultural Innovation Awards 2019

Awards
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.

UNAOC Fellowships 2019

“Fellowships“Call for applications: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowships. Deadline: March 10, 2019.

UNAOC has issued a Call for Applications for the 2019 edition of its Fellowship Programme. The Call is open to participants between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges. The theme of the Fellowship in 2019 is “The role  of women in peacemaking and conflict prevention”. Candidates must also be able to present professional achievements in these fields. The Call will lead to the selection of a group of 12 young leaders from Europe, North-America (EUNA) on one end, and a  group of 12 young leaders from the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA) on the other end. Participants from each geographic area will travel to their counterparts’ region for two weeks. Travel will be across June-July 2019 for EUNA participants, and across October-November 2019 for MENA participants.

PLURAL+ 2017 Youth Video Festival

Applied ICDDo you have something to say about the themes of diversity, migration, social inclusion, and xenophobia? Submit videos less than 5 minutes in length to the PLURAL+ 2017 Youth Video Festival. Deadline: June 4, 2017

PLURAL+ is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of a wide network of international partners.

View winning videos from past and present PLURAL+ Youth Video Festivals, chosen by an international jury and partners from thousands of submissions from around the globe.

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CFP Intercultural Innovation Award 2017

Call for Applications: Intercultural Innovation Award 2017

The call for applications for the 2017 edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award is now open. Deadline for applications: 31 May 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world. Download the brochure here.

Eligible to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award are not-for-profit organizations managing projects focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, and who are willing to expand their range of action. Examples include projects in the fields of combating xenophobia, education for global citizenship, interfaith dialogue, migration and integration, prevention of violent extremism, as well as initiatives addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.).

PhD Studentship: UNAOC/Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (UK)

PhD Studentship: United Nations Alliance of Civilisations/Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)
Closes: 20th January 2017

As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in the role that intercultural relations and dialogue plays in forging (or inhibiting) social solidarity, trust and peaceful relations in diverse and changing societies, Coventry University is offering two full-time PhD studentship to well-qualified individuals, to start in May 2017.

Coventry University is offering this studentship as part of our partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations www.unaoc.org. The UNAOC promotes intercultural and interfaith dialogue amongst nations and builds bridges and understanding between different cultures and people. It promotes the development of more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experienced as an asset. Proposals are invited for a PhD research project exploring an area consistent with and developmental from the UNAOC Vision and Mission Statements.

Vision Statement: Guided by the principles of the UN Charter, the report of its High-Level Group, and the priorities of the Secretary-General, the UN Alliance of Civilizations works toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity. UNAOC will seek to operate in situations where is can contribute to broader efforts to ameliorate identity based crises and promote culturally sensitive development policies.

Mission Statement: The High-level group described UNAOC as an entity that would assist in diminishing hostility and promoting harmony among the nations. The UN Secretary-General has described it as a soft power tool for bridging divides and promoting understanding between countries or identity groups, all with a view toward preventing conflict and promoting social cohesion. UNAOC pursues its objectives through a variety of activities:
• Contacts and dialogues with stakeholders (governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental)
• Development of targeted projects
• Advocacy, including direct public statements or appearances by the High Representative or UNAOC staff
• Interventions to defuse religious and cultural tensions by mobilizing third parties that can act as forces of moderation and understanding such as religious leaders, grassroots organizations, youth leaders and women leaders.

We welcome applications with proposals for a PhD research project that will provide new insights about the impact of UNAOC’s work. This includes the work with youth, media, non-state actors and in migration. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary and use innovative and participatory research methods. We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research and contribute to change within UNAOC and the context within which the research is based. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit the CTPSR.

The PhD studentship will be based within an appropriate Research Group in the Centre, and the PhD student will be expected to work 6 hours per week as a research assistant as and when the opportunity arises.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, and an annual stipend for the duration of the studentship.

About the host Centre/Department: The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world.  Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

CTPSR’s Doctoral Programme: Our Doctoral Training Centre develops independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact within a large, vibrant and international postgraduate community.

Candidate specification

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD (standard)
• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
In all cases the most recent and highest qualification attained will be that utilised for assessment purposes

Additional items for candidate specification
• a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
• skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods

How to apply: Application form, full supporting documentation, and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

Duration of study: Full-Time – 3 years 6 months

Interview dates: 06 February 2017

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