Opportunities Board

OPEN CALL: Applications and nominations to The World Around's inaugural Young Climate Prize
The World Around: Young Climate Prize

Opportunity closes: 31st Oct 2022
Type: Award, Open Call
Based: Virtual
Salary: Undisclosed

Website: theworldaround.com
Instagram: @theworldaround

The World Around has launched an open call for applications to its inaugural Young Climate Prize.

The prize has been designed to invest in the generation born into the climate crisis, and provide visibility, support and mentorship for 25 of the world’s most talented and passionate climate designers under the age of 25.

We are looking for young people who are working on their own self-started projects that address, draw attention to or mitigate climate change in their community. The chosen applicants will join a bespoke academy and each be mentored by one of our extraordinary Design Champions – the world’s leading climate-change-focused designers, museum directors, curators, writers and business leaders.


Nominations and applications are open until October 31, 2022.

The inaugural cohort of 25 winners into the The World Around Young Climate Prize will be selected by our jury and announced in December 2022.

The World Around Young Climate Prize academy of lectures, presentations and mentorship runs between January - March 2023.

The World Around's annual summit will take place at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Earth Day 2023. A select group of the finalists will join us in New York to present their work.


The Design Champions are a global community of some of the most impactful, preeminent individuals of our time – from leading architects, urbanists and designers to anthropologists, game designers and engineers. Learn more about them and read their thoughts below to see why they can’t wait to create and nurture a dialogue between generations and amplify the unique, radical and brilliant projects for climate resilience from the world’s brightest young minds:

Aric Chen, Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
David O’Reilly, Multidisciplinary Artist, Los Angeles
Sanhya Janardhan, Architect, Mumbai
Elizabeth Diller, Architect, Diller & Scofidio, New York City
Sumayya Vally, Architect, Johannesburg
Frida Escobedo, Architect, Mexico City
Etta Madete, Architect, BuildX, Nairobi
Cave Bureau, Architects, Nairobi
Xu Tiantian, Architect, DnA, Beijing
Max Fraser, Design critic, London
Ensamble Studio, Architects, Madrid
Wael Al Awar, Architect, Wai Wai, Dubai
Julian Oliver, Technologist, Berlin
Nelly Ben Hayoun, Artist, London
Alice Rawthsorn, Author Design Emergency, London
Joseph Grima, Architect, Space Caviar, Eindhoven
José Esparza Chong Cuy, Director,Storefront, New York City
Paola Antonelli, Author, Design Emergency, New York City
Vishaan Chakrabarti Director, PAU, NYC
Jing Liu, Architect, SO- IL, New York City
Tatiana Bilbao, Architect, Mexico City
Joar Nango, Artist, Sámi Territory, Norway
BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, USA
Cyra Levenson, Guggenheim Museum
Carson Chan, Curator, MoMA, New York City
Mariana Pestana, Independent Curator, Lisbon
Noura Al Sayeh Holtrop, Curator, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities
Sandra Jackson Dumont, Curator, Lucas Museum, Los Angeles
Henk Ovink, Envoy for Water to the United Nations, Rotterdam
Alder Keleman Saxena, Feral Atlas
Susan Sellers, Creative Director, 2X4, New York City
Toshin Oshinowo, Architect, CM Design, Lagos


Anyone aged 13-25 can submit their work. We encourage young people from anywhere in the world to share their projects. If English is not your first language you will be able to indicate this during the application process.


Sí! El formulario de aplicación estará disponible en español e invitamos a todos los hispanohablantes a participar de la convocatoria.


There is no academic requirement and no need to have a formal design education.

Download the information related to this competition here.

How To Apply


31st October 2022 11:59pm



If you have a project that helps within your community and focuses on mitigating the effects of climate change then we would love to hear from you! Submissions can take whichever form is easiest to show your project through: a letter, a video, a PDF portfolio or maybe photographs alongside a description.

If you have any further questions relating to the application, contact us at [email protected]!