World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas For Action Competition 2022

The World Bank and the Wharton School are pleased to invited students for the World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas for Action Competition 2022, we will consider only eligible applicants for this program.

This article gives detailed information about World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas For Action Competition and how to submit an application.

The table of contents below will help you navigate through the article.

About the Award:

Ideas for Action, now hosting its fourth global competition, aims to provide junior leaders with a unique opportunity to help shape the global development agenda.

Past winning proposals include a peer-to-peer hyper-local approach to last-mile delivery in Nigeria, a mobile platform that allows users to inform themselves and alert others of traffic and security problems in real-time, and a novel micro insurance product for remittance payments in India.



Host Nationality

The scholarship is provided by the World Bank Group, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Value of Scholarship:

 A panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions will select the finalists and winners. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

  • Present their ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group,
  • Receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School, and
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

Eligible Countries:


Selection/Eligibility Criteria:

  • Teams must comprise two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc.
  • Students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 from around the world are invited to participate.
  • Teams must register at prior to submitting their proposal. Once registered, teams will receive additional materials to help them prepare their proposals.
  • Submission requirements can be found on the website.

How To Apply

Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format using the Survey Monkey link below.

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges: What are the challenges you might face and how can they be addressed?

Application Deadline:

World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas for Action Competition deadline is March 22nd of every year.

Visit Program Webpage for Details