DAIDA Foundation Global Urban Thesis Award

The annual DAIDA Foundation Global Urban Thesis Award aims to acknowledge and support master graduates who, through their work, help improve the urban infrastructure and living conditions for vulnerable groups in the rapidly growing cities of developing economies. Eligible participants are master program students with either design or research component in subjects which are related to cities and/or urban- environmental landscape.


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For Awards edition 2021 – DAIDA Foundation has appointed My Liveable City as the administrator for purposes of communication and operational work arounds. All communications and queries should be addressed to academy@myliveablecity.com

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Mission Statement of DAIDA Foundation :

To support institutions or groups of individuals involved in improving the infrastructure and living conditions of vulnerable citizens in cities of the developing world. Through action on ground and through education, research and/or transfer of information.

Competition Theme 2021 : The Inclusive City.

22 participating Universities across Belgium, Egypt, Germany, India, South Africa and The Netherlands have submitted 44 theses proposing Inclusive City ideas across 15 countries.
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Shortlisted participants names and award ceremony date will be announced soon.

Winnner Announced
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Our Vision of an Inclusive City:

Shyam Khandekar

Founder & Editorial Director of My Liveable City and Founder & Chairman of DAIDA Foundation

An architect, urban designer and planner by training, Shyam has nearby four decades of professional experience designing several prize-winning projects in Europe and India. He has lectured and published extensively on different aspects of Liveable Cities at universities and conferences across the world.

“By their very defintion, cities are places for a diversity of people: old and young, rich and poor, women and men, healthy and physically and/or mentally challenged, religious and non-religious, the majority as well as the many minorities. In any country where citizens… Read More

Who can apply :

Only thesis submitted during the academic year of Master’s program
2020-2021 and 2019- 2020 are eligible.

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Prizes :

Total cash reward Euros 20,000. Distribution will be as follows:



1st Prize



2nd Prize



3rd Prize
Jury will decide on the disbursement of the balance Euros 5000

Certificate will be issued by DAIDA foundation to the winning participants

Timelines of the various stages of the competition :

  • Registrations close on 30.6.2021
  • DAIDA will confirm the number of submissions from each college in July 2021. The format for submissions will be communicated at this time
  • Last date of thesis submission will be 31.10.2021
  • Jury will review submissions from November 2021 to January 2022
  • Winners will be declared in February 2022 via an online event