Global Education Ideas Award 2019 - Application Form

Global Education Network Europe recognises the importance of innovation in Global Education through its Global Education Ideas Award. The Award is focused on new ideas for Global Education initiatives that facilitate transformative learning and opens peoples’ eyes and minds to the realities of the world, locally and globally, with the intention to respond to challenging questions, such as “How do we engage people who are not easy to reach?”, or “How can innovative Global Education transform attitudes of those whose values differ from those associated with Global Education, such as solidarity, social justice, non-violence?

The Award wishes to promote new and previously untested ideas for Global Education that have the potential to bring about positive, transformational change. Initiatives that approach change through critical analysis, reflection, creativity, participation, synergies and innovation, would be particularly welcome, as GENE ultimately seeks to inspire public policy.

GENE will award promising ideas with up to 10 000 Euro.

Who can apply?

Any legally based organisations with Headquarters in Europe, experienced with running Global Education initiatives in European countries, including those that are not members of the EU.

How to apply?

Applicants are invited to present a new idea of a transformative Global Education initiative, both as a text (max 1500 words) and through a short video (2-5 min).

The description should include:
1. A clearly demonstrated purpose, as well as a note on what is new or innovative about the idea;
2. An explanation of how the initiative contributes to transformative Global Education learning, and how this links with action and social change;
3. How the issue addressed relates to the local as well as global levels (global-local interconnectedness);
4. Your educational approach and the role of the learners in the process;
5. A short needs analysis (using e.g. SWOT);
6. An estimation of the risks involved and how you plan on addressing them;
7. An overview of how and when you will put your idea into practice (i.e. an implementation plan);
8. How you plan to ensure the sustainability of the initiative.

Please note that no initiatives of a promotional or documenting nature will be supported, nor will repetition of something already existing.

The activities should be realised within the forthcoming 24 months after the award. It is understood that each initiative may take 4-6 months for the preparation phase (including additional fundraising - other than the Award, if needed) for smaller initiatives, and 6-12 months for larger ones. The implementation phase may take 1-12 months depending of the initiative.

Please note that a successful application process involves a peer review of your application by another applicant, as well as, your review of another application. The purpose of this exercise is to include your views with regards to innovation in Global Education. We will make sure that both the received and given feedback will remain confidential.

As GENE believes in peer learning, all awardees need to commit to participate in regular feedback groups.


Deadline for applications: 4 June 2019
Deadline for Peer Review: 30 June 2019
Final Selection: 15 September 2019
Award Ceremony: RT41 Malta - 18 October 2019

If you have questions that you cannot find the answers within the Award Website, please contact us at
If GENE Secretariat can answer them, all responses will appear at the website as part of the FAQ.

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