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Innovation Competition

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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. To learn about the 2018 recipients of the Innovation Competition, click here.


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.


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 Friday, October 5, 2018

Proposal submission process open until Monday, December 3, 2018 11:59pm PST

Notifications sent during the week of December 17, 2018

Selected presenters register for the 7th Annual Conference by Friday, January 11, 2019 early bird deadline

Selected presenters pitch their innovative project on Saturday, March 2, 2019


Selected presenters will compete during the 7th annual Diversity Abroad Conference, which will take place March 2–5, 2019 in Boston, MA.  Presenters will be judged by a panel of experts in international education for awards of:


$5,000 (1st place)

$3,000 (2nd place)

$1,500 (3rd place)


Applying for the Innovation Competition represents a commitment to attend the 7th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The opportunity to apply is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes, and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present in the Innovation Competition.


Application is closed for the 2018-2019 cycle

Please contact conference@diversityabroad.org if you have questions.

The Innovation Competition will be sponsored by CAPA The Global Education Network