Rise Initiative

Rise is an initiative for extraordinary young people, ages 15 to 17, from around the world who have the potential to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. It is building a global community of rising leaders, connecting applicants with peers worldwide and providing access to free learning resources and other opportunities.
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Amideast is partnering with Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust to find young people across the Middle East & North Africa as part of the Rise initiative, a new global talent program to find outstanding young people who need opportunity and support them for life as they use their talents to build a better world. Rise is the anchor program of a broader $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

All applicants will be part of Rise’s global community. Just by applying, applicants can take free online courses from leading experts around the world. All applicants will have access to additional opportunities from Rise’s network of global partners, including universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

In addition, during the application and selection process, every applicant will build professional and personal skills, learn how to tell their story, and develop their portfolio with a significant piece of work. Plus, they will meet talented peers from countries around the globe.

Each year, Rise selects 100 Global Winners and provides them with a lifetime of personalized support—including scholarships, mentorship, career services, and access to funding to develop their ideas—as they work together to serve others.


Rise will announce its first cohort of 100 Rise Global Winners in 2021. These winners receive a lifetime of support through the program, including:

  • Access to needs-based financial support for university and internships, in addition to a technology package and free online courses. They will attend a fully-funded residential summit to explore leadership, service, and their future career paths.
  • Mentorship and career services as they enter the workforce to further their service to others. If their work benefits their community, they will be able to apply for funding to scale up their impact. If they have an idea for a social enterprise, they’ll be able to compete for investment that grows as they show results.
  • The ability to engage throughout their lives with a global community of leaders and have early access to educational and funding opportunities through the network of Rise partners, including universities, businesses, and nonprofits.


Rise looks for brilliant applicants ages 15-17 who also demonstrate perseverance, empathy, and integrity—who have a calling to make the world better and need an extra boost to make their ideas a reality.

Applications should be submitted through Hello World - Rise, a global, mobile-first platform available on Google Play and the iOS App Store. Those who can’t access the Hello World app can apply through the Rise website or request a paper application via email to paperapp@risefortheworld.org.

Throughout the eight-month application and selection process, applicants will have an opportunity to showcase these qualities by recording short videos about their background and interests; creating a two-month individual project on a topic about which they are passionate; and presenting their work on the Hello World app and providing feedback on the work of their peers. In the spring of 2022, Rise will select up to 500 finalists to participate in virtual interviews.

The deadline to download the Hello World mobile app and submit the first phase of an application is December 22, 2021.

About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures bets early on exceptional people making the world better. Founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative that brings talent together into networks, bets on the most promising ideas through competition, and equips people to scale through partners and thoughtful application of modern tools.

About the Rhodes Trust

The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards providing transformative educational opportunities. Established in 1903, they are the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. Nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, education, the arts, NGOs, commerce, research and other sectors. They are well known advocates for expanded social justice and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine.