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The Students’ SDG Pool

Do you or your association have lots of good ideas for activities based on the UN’s SDGs? If so you can apply for funds in the The Students’ SDG Pool. The application deadline is October 1, 2020.

On 17 June 2019, SDU's Board of Directors decided to make the UN's 17 World Goals a pivotal point for the University's further strategic development. Thus, SDU wishes to work with all of the UN's 17 SDGs based on independent research and education


To support student-related initiatives within the work with the SDGs, SDU's Executive Board has set up a pool, the Students' SDG Pool, where students at SDU (individually or in groups) as well as existing or purpose-built student associations can apply for funding.

The pool funds are administered by SDU SDG HUB and are:

  • student-based initiatives and activities,
  • developed and run by SDU’s students,
  • aimed at working within the framework of the UN’s SDGs.

We would like to urge students at all of SDU’s campuses to submit applications.

What can and can’t you apply for?

The funds must go directly to the work with the SDGs and can thus be used for:

  • Establishment costs – including the purchase of relevant equipment,
  • preparation of printed matter and other communication materials, e.g. posters, roll-ups, flyers, video and audio etc.
  • catering for public events,
  • hiring of equipment for dissemination use.

Some degree of co-financing of the applied initiatives is to be expected.

The funds may not be used for:

  • remuneration of staff,
  • administration,
  • subsiding of deficits,
  • recurring expenses,
  • disclosure to associations and/or organisations outside of SDU – including for charitable purposes. 
    (The funds may, however, be used in collaboration with external parties.)

It should be noted that application for funds to pure lecturing is generally not approved. Also, the pool cannot be applied for entrepreneurship due to the fact that support from a public institution for entrepreneurial projects can be regarded as distortive activity.

NOTE: You must clearly specify in your application, if you in any way can benefit personally from a grant. If, as an example, you or your immediate family have ownership interests in or are employed by a company that is responsible for providing goods or other services for the project for which you are applying for funds.

Framework for applications

Prior to each application round, the SDG Hub will hold a brief workshop (lasting about an hour) where we will provide information on the pool as well as tips on how to write a good application. You will also be able to ask us any questions you might have. 

The workshop will be held online via Microsoft Teams on 17 September. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate, the workshop will be held twice: from 1:00 – 2:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm. To join, please select your preferred time slot by clicking one of the two links below on the day of the workshop.

If you would like to join between 1:00 – 2:00 pm, please click the link below at the beginning of the workshop: Join Microsoft Teams meeting

If you would like to join between 3:00 – 4:00 pm, please click the link below at the beginning of the workshop: Join Microsoft Teams meeting

In the evaluation of the applications, the committee will prioritise applications that involve collaboration across multiple programmes and faculties and involve new and innovative idea, initiatives and angles on working with the SDGs.

The application must live up to the following criteria in order to be considered for pool funds:

  • The application must reflect that the initiative is rooted in student associations/organisations at SDU.
  • The applications must contain a budget that partly specifies the overall financial framework for the initiative and partly the intended use of the pool funds.
  • The applications must explain how the initiative works with the SDGs, which SDGs are being worked on, and the objectives and success criteria.
  • The application and the intended use of any pool funds must reflect that the association or organisation has been established on a voluntary basis.

In particular, climate action (SDG 13) has naturally been the focal point of many proposals among the SDGs, as well as initiatives both within and outside SDU. But SDU would like to work with all of the SDGs and therefore advocates that funds for initiatives within all 17 SDGs are applied for.

Allocation process

The pool is awarded twice a year by application. Calls for applications are sent to SDU's student associations during spring and autumn respectively and are also published on and SDU's pages on social media with a detailed description of the application process, requirements and deadline for submitting applications.

Applications received are assessed by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Rectorate, who assess the applications based on:

  • whether they live up to the object of the pool, as well as the allocation criteria (mentioned above)
  • feasibility within the framework described in the application
  • perspective and materiality in relation to the SDGs.

Students will be represented on the assessment committee.

Applications of less than DKK 3,000 will generally not be considered.

Administrative and procedural support

In order to alleviate the administrative burden for recipients of funding, pool funds are not transferred to the projects. Instead, they are managed by the SDG Hub and can be used via electronic invoicing, where suppliers send a bill directly to SDU.

If your application is approved, you will be called to a start-up meeting where you will be given more information about this.

The SDG Hub also offers other forms of assistance during planning and execution of your project. You will also hear more about that at the start-up meeting.


Immediately after the end of the project, you must submit a brief report describing the project, the activities carried out and your assessment of how it went.


In order to apply, the application form below must be completed and sent to the assessment committee via e-mail:

Application Form

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FAQ on The Students’ SDG Pool

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See the winning projects, spring 2020

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