Learn more about an issue you care about and present your findings to the world.

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The Global Challenge is a chance for students and recent graduates to learn more about the issues they care about and present their findings to the world.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Participants are asked to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.

Winners will be invited to attend the Skoll World Forum and all finalists will have an opportunity to apply for further funding to directly ‘apprentice with a problem’ in a global location relating to their chosen topic.



Winners of the Global Challenge will receive cash prizes and tickets to the Emerge Conference 2017, and the best submission will win tickets to the Skoll World Forum 2018  (including a subsidy for travel costs). In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists, including access to the ‘Apprenticing with a Problem’ funding to to facilitate further research on the chosen topic or other development opportunities.



£2,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance



£1,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance

Enter the 2017 Challenge

Students and recent graduates can enter as individuals or in teams of up to three.

How to Apply

Run your own Global Challenge

Universities and Higher Education institutions are invited to partner with us to run their own Challenge.

Partner with Us

Participating institutions


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