UNEP Young Champions of the Earth Competition 2024

Competition in Sustainable Development
  • Apply Before : April 5, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 13101
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Sustainability
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Change-makers, rainmaker, groundbreakers are you looking for an opportunity to implement your big idea, are willing to change the world by your plan? Your age is between 18 to 30 years. Do you wish to create a positive change for the environment, people, and communities? Young Champions of the Earth is here to get your hand and celebrate and support talented applicants worldwide. Do waste your time apply to now.

In 2024, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Young Champions of the Earth will be chosen, with one winner from each global region: Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific.

Winners must share their journeys through videos and blogs on the website for up to one year. Applicants must have at least six months of experience working on an environmental project and be between 18 and 30 on 31 December 2024 to be eligible.

Key Details

Application Deadline: 5 April 2024 (23:59 EAT Nairobi, Kenya)

Number of the Applicants: 7 Champions

Organizer: UN, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Each recipient will receive:

    • Mentorship, workshops, and access to a UN expert community.
    • Introduction to dignitaries at the award ceremony.
    • Publicity through interviews and global media.
    • US$20,000 in seed funding.

Eligibility Criteria

You should fulfill these application requirements:

  • Applicant’s age must be between 18 and 30 years on 31 December 2024
  • Recognizing abilities as an environmental change-maker requires evidence of life experience and achievements.
  • Travel to various events is often unaccompanied, necessitating maturity and independence.
  • Meet any additional criteria

Selection Criteria

UNEP experts will review your application. If chosen among the 21 regional finalists, you’ll be asked for additional details, including a brief video presenting your idea. Your profile and concept will then be reviewed by a Jury of esteemed public figures with environmental expertise, who will select seven Young Champions of the Earth, one from each region, based on the following criteria:

    • Alignment with the 2024 focus: ALL FOR NATURE. NATURE FOR ALL.
    • Consider the positive impact on the environment, society, and financial viability.
    • Evaluation of the demonstrated curiosity, courage, and vibrancy.
    • Demonstrated commitment with at least six months of project implementation and tangible results.
    • Endorsement strength from your referee.

How to Apply?

Apply online through the following link:


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For more details about the UNEP Young Champions of the Earth Competition, visit the YCE website.


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