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Innovation Competition

The Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition, sponsored by CAPA The Global Education Network, brings together professionals and students with creative and outstanding ideas and programs that advance diversity and inclusive excellence in global education. Both students and professionals are eligible to participate in the Innovation Competition. 


Now in its 4th year, the Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition aims to support a culture of innovation and recognize new ideas and solutions that can create positive change, break down barriers, and provide access and support to diverse and underrepresented students.

Selected presenters will compete during the opening plenary of the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in New Orleans.  Presenters will be judged by a panel of experts in international education for awards of $1500 to $5000     

Learn about past recipients of the Innovation Competition here


Access barriers for diverse and underrepresented student populations

Equitable and inclusive support for diverse and underrepresented student populations while students are abroad, including faculty and administrative support engagement

Link global education to career development

Inclusive support and programming for incoming international students

Engaging diversity in global education locally and abroad


The Innovation Competition is open to all individuals engaged in activities related to relevant areas of focus. Proposals submitted by a group of applicants are also encouraged. This competition is available to those representing various types of institutions and organizations, including but not limited to: K-12, higher education institutions, international education organizations, private sector companies, etc. Professionals as well as graduate & undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.


Completed applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Innovative and/or creative qualities of the project

Potential direct impact of the proposed project on the field of global education

Applicant’s demonstrated interest in and/or expertise on the proposed topic


Competition Opens Monday, October 7, 2019

Proposal submission process open until Monday, December 2, 2019 11:59pm PST

Notifications sent during the week of December 16, 2019

Selected presenters register for the 8th Annual Conference by January 6, 2020

Selected presenters pitch their innovative project on March 15, 2020

The Innovation Competition is sponsored by CAPA: The Global Education Network