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Effective Inter-regional Incubator for Youth

Exciting news! The Commonwealth Secretariat, OBREAL Global, Association of African Universities, and Symbiosis International University have joined forces to launch a groundbreaking initiative: the Youth Policy and International Cooperation in AI programme.

As part of this initiative, they’re establishing an ‘Effective Inter-regional Incubator for Youth’. This initiative aims to empower undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide to transform their innovative ideas into real-world projects.

What’s the Call for Proposal About?

If you’re a student passionate about making a difference and keen on tackling global challenges, this Call for Proposals is for you! Selected individuals will receive mentorship, seed funding, and support to implement projects using AI, with a focus on promoting multilingualism.

Focus Areas:

Your proposals should focus on applying AI tools to inter-regional and multilingual learning/research processes. Additionally, they should address areas such as education, health, food security, entrepreneurship, poverty eradication, gender equality, climate change, disaster risk reduction, and the blue ocean economy.

Funding Selection:

Every year, 25 proposals will be chosen to receive up to €10,000 in seed funding. The most promising projects will receive additional funding over the following three years. Regional representation will be a priority during the selection process.

Submission and Selection:

The process involves two phases: pre-selection based on concept notes (Phase 1 Call for Proposals) and full proposal selection. An international committee of experts will oversee the process.

Important Dates:

Phase 1: February 2024 – July 2024 Concept note presentations accepted until 30 April 2024 Proposal submissions open from 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024 Phase 2: July 2024 – September 2024 Funding awarded by 15 October 2024 Phase 3: November 2024 Documentation submission by 31 October 2024 Projects start on 15 November 2024


Open to students from Commonwealth member states and non-member countries (up to three proposals in total). Each proposal must have one student project implementer, up to three co-implementers, and a mandatory faculty mentor.

Expected Outcomes:

Projects should drive innovation, product development, entrepreneurship, and potential commercialisation for use in higher education institutions and other sectors.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to unleash your potential and make a difference! Check out the Call for Proposals for Phase 1 and get ready to embark on a transformative journey.