An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust
How to apply
Anyone between the ages of 15 and 17, from any country, with any background, passionate about any topic, and dedicated to building a better world.
Download the App
Start by downloading our mobile application. You’ll find it in the Google Play or iOS App Store by searching for “Hello World – Rise.” Our app is designed to work all over the planet, so as many people as possible can apply. However, if you are unable to access a mobile device that can download the app, you can contact us to apply through an alternative platform, such as WhatsApp.
We’re also working with select partners in low-connectivity areas to distribute paper applications.
Set Up a Profile and Introduce Yourself
Deadline: January 29, 2021 The first part of the application is all about getting to know you as an individual—your background, your passions, and your talents.
You will be asked a series of questions that you can respond to with short videos. Upload a selfie or a video from your library—get creative!
Don’t worry about being polished on your first try, as you can submit your response more than once. Others will see this video, so think about what you want them to know about you. You will also be asked to provide feedback on the videos your peers submit. Along the way, you’ll watch videos from experts around the world teaching lessons on leadership, personal growth, and more.
Complete the Rise Challenge
Deadline: April 1, 2021
For the Rise Challenge, you will complete an individual project to demonstrate your interests, abilities, and drive. You could create a piece of music, art, performance, or film; develop a new product, software service, or business; build a social or political movement; create a body of research; or anything else. We want to see what you care about—whatever form it takes! You should plan to spend about 20 to 30 hours working on your individual project over a two-month period. You will create a project plan, record regular updates on your work, and share your project through the app. Your project should be ambitious, but this does not mean it must be perfect. We encourage you to start with a prototype, such as a sketch or model, and improve upon it over time.
Participate in an Interview
May - July 2021
Up to 500 finalists will advance to the last stage of the application process.
You will have an opportunity to demonstrate your motivations, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork skills in an innovative interview format.
Look Out for Global Winners
July 2021 We will announce the first cohort of 100 Rise Global Winners!
Watch the video for more details and get started today!