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Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at ages 15–17 and offers a lifetime of benefits including scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, funding, and more as Global Winners work toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems. An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Rise is the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent.


Rise is very different from other scholarship programs. Specifically, Rise is for life: The program offers benefits such as access to funding opportunities and a global network that will impact winners throughout their lives, making this one of the largest, if not the largest, award programs for individuals in the world.

Secondly, Rise looks for hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world. From high school classrooms, to refugee camps, to science fairs, we believe that brilliance is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. We’re on a mission to change the odds for the world’s most brilliant people from a young age and throughout their lives.

The application is free, and there is no cost to Rise Global Winners or their families to participate in the Rise program.


The Rise program includes:

  1. Higher Education Scholarships

A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid.

  1. Residential Summit

An invitation to attend a fully-funded, three-week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort—to be held in a rotating location globally for each new cohort—as well as to join network events in subsequent years

  1. Mentorship and Career Services

Mentors paired with each Global Winner to provide personal, academic, or professional guidance, and specialised career services for internships and jobs.

  1. Programming

Virtual and in-person leadership and educational courses designed specifically for the Global Winner cohort, and a service commitment made through the Global Winner Pledge.

  1. Technology

Technology packages, such as laptops or tablets, to be determined each year.


The Challenge is open to people between 15 and 17 years old as of 1 July 2023 00:01 Pacific Daylight Time (”PDT”) meaning they were born on or between 2 July 2005 and 1 July 2008. Applicants who are minors must have the permission of their parent/legal guardian to participate in the Challenge. You will be required at various stages to provide verification of eligibility, age, identity, and parent/legal guardian permission (if applicable).

In addition, applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to read and understand important documents such as the Privacy Notice and consent forms, and to conduct themselves throughout the selection process and program in English, including to converse with the program managers and your peers in English.


The entry period for the Challenge begins at 12:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 18 October 2022 and ends at 16:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 25 January 2023. All Applicants will be required to complete the application as described below in order to have a complete submission, and will have until 25 January 2023 16:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to complete the entry and until 31 January 2023 16:59 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to complete the peer review portion of the application

To apply, visit during the Entry Period and follow the entry instructions to make an entry. Individuals who are unable to apply via the web pathway may be granted authorization to apply through a paper application on a case-by-case basis, depending on demonstrated need. Interested candidates must email to request a paper application and provide sufficient reasoning for why the web pathway is inaccessible.

The application process consists of completing an application profile, submitting video essays, and completing reviews of the video essays of other applicants. Applicants whose device is not capable of video recording or who have limited data may respond to the prompts in writing instead of via video and review the written responses of others. Applicants will be asked to complete a profile by answering questions related to personal demographics and socio-economic status.

You will be required to respond to two questions: one about your aspirations and another about what challenges you have overcome to get to where you are.


You will be required to complete an individual project over the course of the Entry Period as part of your Submission. The project involves identifying a topic, researching it, designing a plan, executing that plan, and reflecting on your work. You will be asked to record updates on your work that share your project progress. The project should be ambitious, but this does not mean it must be perfect. The project can be part of a larger initiative, but it must be something that you start and end within the Entry Period and must be work you’ve specifically prepared for your Rise application. Work conducted before the Entry Period, but submitted to count as part of the project submission, may result in disqualification. Applicants will be encouraged to watch video lessons and complete short exercises related to the project. Paper applicants will be asked to complete the project, lessons, and exercises in a format that might differ slightly from the web application due to differences in technology.

All applications will be reviewed according to the following Judging Criteria: Brilliance, Perseverance, Integrity, Empathy, and Calling.

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