Mediterranean Dialogues Youth Forum Contest 2020

Youth aged under 35 from North Africa, the Middle East, and Mediterranean Europe are invited to submit their projects on Mediterranean cooperation. Two winners of the Mediterranean Dialogues contest will win €2,500 to implement their projects. The deadline is on 30 October 2020.

Mediterranean Dialogues Forum

Mediterranean dialogues (MED) is the annual, high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies as an opportunity to rethink traditional approaches to the area, to complement analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions, and to draft a new “positive agenda” addressing shared challenges at the regional and international levels.

The forum will take place on 25 November – 4 December 2020. This year, the MED Conference will have both virtual and in-person events to ensure conformity to the highest standards of personal health and safety. The 2020 MED Youth Forum Contest is looking for proposals that offer innovative solutions to help manage the COVID-19 related crisis and to support post-pandemic recovery. Projects should cover topics related to culture and civil society, business and new economic models, urban innovation, employment, and food and water security.

The two winners will be awarded a prize of € 2,500 to develop their projects further. High-potential candidates aged under 35, from North Africa and the Middle East may apply to enter the contest. Applicants must have an excellent command of English and a keen interest in Mediterranean cooperation. To ensure a fairer and more inclusive procedure, candidates from Mediterranean Europe may apply if their projects are run in partnership with institutions and or individuals based in the Middle Eastern or North African countries listed.

The deadline is on 30 October 2020.


Main criteria

Candidates must provide a short 200-word letter of motivation explaining why they wish to participate in the MED2020 Youth Forum Contest. A complete description of the proposed project in PowerPoint and an updated CV in pdf format should be attached to the application. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality, impact, feasibility, and creativity of the project.

Find out more about Mediterranean Dialogues Youth Forum Contest.

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