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Applications for the 2023 Rise Global Challenge open


Schmidt Futures has opened applications for its 2023 Rise Global Challenge targeting young people aged between 15 to 17years.

The philanthropic initiative that brings talented people together to solve hard problems in science and society is running the challenge in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, an international education charity programme.

Applications can be done online via the Rise website and close on January 25, 2023, at 16:59 GMT. Rise provides applicants with multiple opportunities during the application process to showcase their potential through videos, projects, and group interviews. The application allows applicants to select projects most suited to their interests, abilities, and time availability. 

For applicants without access to mobile technology, Rise says it will work with its over 30 global organizations, including NBA Africa, the HALI Access Network, KenSAP, and Akili Dada in Kenya, to scour the globe to find brilliant young people who are passionate about building a better world to offer alternative pathways through paper applications. 

“Akili Dada is thrilled to continue growing our partnership with Rise in Kenya as we work together to nurture the next generation of young and innovative leaders looking to build a better world,” said Diana Njuguna, Head of Programs for Akili Dada.

“We look for hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “There are so many extraordinary people who could do so much more to make the world better if they only could find opportunity — and each other.  We hope to make the longest bet we can imagine on exceptional talent with perseverance, integrity, and care for others.”

“We know that amazing things happen when talented people from different backgrounds are brought together and given opportunities to study, collaborate, and innovate,” said Elizabeth Kiss, CEO of the Rhodes Trust. “Rise is an extraordinary opportunity for people from every corner of the world to embark on a lifelong journey of service and impact. Wherever you are, we encourage you to apply. You only know what you can achieve when you try.” 

Upon selection, all Rise Global winners will receive a number of benefits including a fully funded, three-week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort, access to the Rise Global Winners network to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate and Advice and support for applying to university and selecting a career

They will also get access to specialized programs, courses, and other opportunities through Rise partners, a four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid as well as a technology package, such as a laptop or tablet, to be determined annually.  

Additional benefits include Matching to programs, secondary school scholarships, internships, and other benefits from partners who are part of the Rise network and funding opportunities and education support  

Since its inception, Rise Global Challenge has welcomed more than 150,000 people from over 170 countries to its community and selected 200 Winners from 69 countries, with Kenya getting seven in the last two years.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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