Call for Application: 2021 GDN Video Contest for Young Researchers

GDN Video Contest for young Researchers
Key details

Applications for the 2021 GDN Video Contest for Young Researchers are currently ongoing.

About the GDN Video Contest
GDN Video Contest for young Researchers

The Global Development Network (GDN) is teaming up with the French Development Agency, (AFD,) to hold an online film contest focused on significant development transitions occurring around the world.

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The videos will recount the tale of these transformations from the perspective of young researchers/academics in the Global South, allowing global audiences to learn about their challenges and accomplishments. Through a variety of topics such as climate, energy, gender, governance, and more, the videos will connect deep local knowledge and perspectives to the public dialogue on global development.

How to Participate

To take part in the GDN Video Contest, You must create (and make available online, according to the specified instructions) an original video of 3-5 minutes that focuses on the development problem or transition you are presently working on. Note that they are not asking you to present your current research project or article, but rather to convey the knowledge arising from your study field in a video style, beginning with a well-identified development obstacle or transition.

The GDN Video Contest for Young Researchers is looking for videos that convey research-based knowledge in a straightforward and succinct manner in order to reach as many adults as possible. The following questions should be addressed in the video:

  • 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?
Eligibility Criteria

The GDN video contest is:

  • Open to young 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 with an institution based in one of the countries listed here, irrespective of their nationality.
  • Applicants of the GDN Video Contest for Young Researchers are requested to submit their videos and application in English or French.
  • All shortlisted participants who go through the revision and resubmission will compete for monetary prizes worth EUR 6,000.

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Application Procedure

The applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Up to date CV, including a list of publications and of ongoing research projects, with links to the 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.

For more information visit the official website of GDN Video Contest

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