King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement

Deadline: 31 December, 2012
Open to: young leaders who are citizens of Arab countries between the ages of 18 to 30
Grant: USD 50,000

King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) invites young Arabs to showcase their success stories and the positive impact they have had on their communities.

The award, under the management of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, seeks to reward these distinguished young leaders throughout the region by providing them with much needed support and recognition. It will enable these outstanding leaders to continue their good work, demonstrate what is possible to their peers and in turn allow the concept of active citizenship to flourish and become an inherent part of the Arab youth culture.


The award seeks young leaders who are currently leading development efforts in the Arab world that bring to life the notion of active citizenship. Applicants will need to demonstrate significant contribution to the local community through their project; their project’s potential for increased impact and how they could be role models for other young people.

  • Applicant should be between the ages of 18 to 30
  • Applicant should be a citizen of an Arab country
  • Applicant should be the founder of an existing project that has 6 months to 3 years of demonstrated social impact within the local community


The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) will provide each of the award winners with a USD 50,000 grant, which will be allocated for:

  • The Project – A portion of the USD 50,000 will be provided to support a specific project defined by the awardees. These funds will support the scaling up of their project in the Arab region and help these existing successful initiatives to increase their impact. The grant will be provided over a period of one to two years.
  • Capacity Building – A portion of this grant will be provided for the award winners and their team members to pursue training opportunities to enhance their skills as young leaders and to increase the impact of their projects.

KAFD will acknowledge and recognise the winners and their work by celebrating and publicising their achievements through the following activities: 

  • Recognition – Winners will be recognized at a special award ceremony.

  • Publications – A publication will be developed to highlight the achievements of the winners and support their future endeavours.

  • Media Outreach – KAFD will work with various regional and global media to highlight the stories of the award winners

How to apply?

You can apply online here

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2012

For more detailed information read the  FAQs section

The Official Website

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