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The Sandpit aims to bring together Graduate and Early Career Researchers in Cambridge to form small inter-disciplinary teams to generate and develop new technology-based ideas that could provide effective and affordable solutions to challenges faced in the developing world.

Winning teams of the competition sandpit will be awarded bursaries to undertake field trips to develop and test their ideas in real developing world situations.

Applicants with different research backgrounds, including those with and without experience of working in the developing world, are encouraged to apply. Project ideas that have already been field-tested will not be eligible.

The event is sponsored by the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre and the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, and supported by the Smart Villages Initiative, the Centre for Global Equality and the University of Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative.


Please find further information here and apply by completing the application form and submitting a CV (max. 2 pages) to



Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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