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Apply to Represent UMD in the U21 RISE 2022-2023 Showcase and Awards!

Apply to Represent UMD in the U21 RISE 2022-2023 Showcase and Awards!

March 6, 2023

Applications for U21 RISE 2022-2023 are now open!

Do you have an active project that's focused on creating global impact? Are you looking for additional support and resources to grow your reach?


APPLY NOW to be considered as a University of Maryland nominee for the international Universitas21 (U21) RISE Showcase and Awards!




RISE (Real Impact on Society and Environment) is U21’s international showcase of student achievement in sustainability and social innovation designed to accelerate the scale and impact of student-led projects by connecting them with a network of experts in academia and industry. RISE welcomes current projects that focus on global challenges - such as affordable and clean energy, gender equality, quality education, or clean water and sanitation - as outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. UMD is one of 28 members of the U21 network, which brings together research-intensive universities from six continents to exchange knowledge and perspectives.


Each U21 member institution is invited to nominate student-led projects based on an aspect of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Alongside gaining access to a global network of supporters, nominated teams will have the chance of winning one of four prizes from U21 valued at over $2,000 each.


To select UMD nominees for the official, international RISE Showcase and Awards, the Do Good Institute and the Office of International Affairs' Global Learning Initiatives are hosting this preliminary, campus-wide contest. As detailed below, all UMD nominees will receive Do Good and Office of International Affairs funding for their projects. UMD will select up to two projects as RISE nominees; two additional nominees may be selected if the nominated projects have been created in collaboration with another U21 partner institution. All nominees will be required to submit a video pitch about their project for the U21 Showcase, with feedback from the Do Good Institute and the Office of International Affairs.




Current students and recent graduates (December 2020 or later) are eligible to apply. See the U21 RISE guidelines to review what types and stages of projects qualify, the judging criteria for both UMD and U21 consideration, and more information on what is required of nominees to create a video pitch for the U21 stage of the competition.




You must submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2023.

(Future deadlines: UMD will select its U21 RISE nominees by April 21, and nominees' U21 RISE pitches, including a video that's been vetted by UMD, are due May 7.)






Each nominee will:

-- Serve as a UMD nominee in the international U21 RISE Showcase and Awards, becoming eligible for additional U21 prizes

-- Win $1,000 in project funding, jointly offered by the Do Good Institute and the Office of International Affairs, Global Learning Initiatives





For questions on U21 and RISE, please contact


Below: U21 Infographic - How far advanced should projects be?