Climate Finance Scholarship Contest

Canada's National Observer
March 17, 2024

A partnership between Change Course, Canada’s National Observer and, the Climate Finance Scholarship Contest is open to young people aged 18 -30 in Canada.

As communities across Canada experience first-hand climate chaos through fires, floods, smoke, and deadly heat, more people than ever are rightfully connecting this devastation to fossil fuel corporations. Now, our goal is to further connect the dots to the banks and financial institutions bankrolling fossil fuels, effectively enabling this license to pollute.

Contest finalists will win one of two $2,500 scholarships (total $5,000) for written and multimedia submissions, including publication on National Observer, promotion through social media & emails, and more. Top finalists will also have their work published on Canada’s National Observer and shared across social media.

This $2,500 scholarship is flexible and can be used for any learning opportunity including short-term courses, certificates as well as necessary equipment, and much more. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

How to Apply

You must be between 18 – 30 years of age to win, enrolled in full-time or part-time school, or not enrolled at all.

Applicants are invited to respond to any or all of the below prompts in a written essay (maximum 800 words) or multimedia submission (maximum 2.5 minutes). Grades and transcripts are not required.

  • What does a climate-safe economy look like? Suppose you were part of a team in charge of the Big 6 Canadian banks. What key proposals would you offer to build a climate-safe, democratized financial system over the next 3-5 years?
  • The impacts of the climate crisis makes clear the need to phase out fossil fuels and reinvest in climate safe solutions. What is the role of financial institutions (banks, pension funds, insurance companies) in the just transition off fossil fuels toward renewable energy?
  • Within movements for climate and environmental justice, we must center justice-based climate solutions that prioritize frontline communities. This includes solutions like the return of Indigenous land, accessible and free public transit and housing, care work, renewable energy, and more. How can financial institutions better serve the build-out of climate resilient communities?

To be valid and be considered, each submission must be followed by the following certification (the words of which will not count in the word count): “The author certifies that he/she has read the Contest Rules and the foregoing submission complies with the Contest Rules.


The awarding of the Climate Finance Scholarship prize packages will be held as follows: all eligible entrants will be reviewed by the Climate Finance Scholarship judging panel. Two winners of CAD$ 2,500 each will be notified by the end of March 2024 via email.

Submissions due no later than Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 11:59pm EST