Climate Science Olympiad 2021 ($10,000 prize pool and attendance in the UN Climate Summit)

Competition Conference Course Volunteer in Business and Law , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Apply Before : August 1, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 110665
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 11 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description


Applications are now open for the Climate Science Olympiad 2021.  This Olympiad or competition is organized by Climate Science annually and participants in the different age groups who meet other conditions as well can apply for the program from around the world. Participants in this tournament write about and share their solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change. Each year, 10,000 participants compete in this tournament.

Quick details

Registration Deadline: 1 August 2021

Organizer: Climate Science

Scope: Global


  • There are prizes and some no-monetary benefits for the participants. Qualifiers and semi-finalists experience competing with other young minds from across the world and reflect on the problems proposed to them to share their solutions.
  • Semi-finalists will be invited to a Climate Science-led training group as well.
  • But, top three teams win $10,000 (first place winner $5000, second $3,000, and third $2000).

How does it work?

The tournament has multiple stages involving three groups of qualifiers plus a various numbers of participants, and applicants can register as a qualifier in their chosen category and in their chosen language as per its deadline (see at the bottom of the page).

Tournament stages

  1. Local Qualifiers (online )
  • Participants: 10,000
  • Time: January-September 2021

In this stage, individuals or teams of two compete with each other. Competitors can choose one of the three problem statements and respond to it. Participants are given the topics 10 days before the qualifier event but the exact title is not announced until the start of the actual event. Then, participants will write essay responses to the questions relating to the problem statement within 3 hours. (Read more below)

  1. Semi-finals
  • Participants: 500 (qualifiers)
  • Time: Sept-Oct 2021

The top 5% of all qualifier competitors move on to the global semi-finals. Semi-finals are conducted online and semi-finalists are invited to a community education training that helps them prepare for the semi-final (and final).

  1. Finalists
  • Number: 50
  • Date: Nov 2021 (finalists convene at the UN Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland). The final is conducted in-person and finalists will be invited to the COP26 summit in the UK.
  • Winners will win 10,000 dollars prize.


  • There are two age groups for participation (14-17 and 18-25). If you are in one of those at the time of registration, you qualify to participate regardless of nationality or other factors.
  • Participants must be real persons.
  • Both members of a team must fall in the same age group at the time of application.
  • Proof-of-age from everyone who advances to the semi-finals will be asked.

How to apply?

You can register for your chosen qualifier in your language online and then proceed with other steps of application.

Register here.

NOTE: The deadline for initial registration is not 1 August 2021. It differs (click on the link).

To get more information about the tournament, evaluation criteria, FAQs/rules, see examples for help, and go through its terms and conditions, please visit the Climate Science Olympiad 2021.


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