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2021 WISE Prize for Education (WISE Prize for Education medal and $500,000 (US) cash fund)

WISE Prize for Education 2021 nomination period now open until 1 February 2021.

Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. The WISE Prize for Education raises the status of education by giving it similar prestige to other areas for which international prizes exist –such as literature, peace, and economics.

The WISE Prize for Education Laureates is inspiring role models for all those concerned with building the future of education as the foundation for a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable world. To learn more about the previous WISE Prize laureates please visit Laureates by year page.

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team for an outstanding contribution to education at any level. The WISE Prize Laureate is announced at the Opening Plenary Session of the global biennial summit and receives the WISE Prize for Education medal and $500,000 (US) cash fund dedicated to grow their initiative.

Who can nominate and be nominated to the WISE Prize for Education?

Nominee: The 2021 WISE Prize for Education selection process only accepts nominations. Self-nominations will not be considered. Potential WISE Prize for Education candidates can be researchers, education practitioners, policymakers, organization leaders and can belong to any education sector such as early childhood education, K-12, higher education, vocational training, differently-abled development, informal education, distance-based learning, education technology and lifelong learning. Nominees for the WISE Prize for Education can be from any part of the world if they meet the criteria indicated on the next page.


  • The nominator must be an individual and not an organization, the nominator could be working with the nominee, part of their community, one of the nominee’s end beneficiaries or have no relationship with the nominee.

  • The nominator will fill out the nomination form and should know the nominee’s work very well.

  • The nominator can fill out the nomination form without informing or asking for information from the nominee. The nominator can also request information from the nominee to fill the form.

  • The nominator should provide the needed contact information, in case the WISE team would like to contact the nominator for further details.

What type of nominee(s) is eligible?

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact on education at any level and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach. The nominee(s) should meet the following criteria:

  • Commitment to Education: The nominee(s) has proven a continuous commitment to addressing education challenge(s) locally or internationally

  • Positive Systemic Innovation: the nominee(s) is a catalyst for systemic change by creating innovative solutions to local or international education challenge(s).

  • Leadership: the vision of the nominee(s) is not only innovative but contextually challenges the status quo. The nominee(s) is the driving force behind the project/organization, not simply the director. The nominee has the energy and aspiration to continue growing the impact of his or her work.

  • Sustainable Impact: the contribution of the nominee(s) generates positive and sustainable impact in the lives of the targeted beneficiaries. Shortlisted nominee(s) must clearly outline how the WISE Prize for Education will optimize, grow and scale their impact.

What is the submission process?

  • The nominator should create an account and complete the nomination form available on the WISE online application system

  • The nomination form should be completed in English. Any other language will not be considered.

  • The nomination form should be submitted before the deadline as the system automatically closes by the timeline, and WISE does not accept nominations after the deadline, February 1, 2021.

  • To prevent any accidental loss of information while completing the form, we encourage nominators to save at every step.

  • The nominator should fill out all the required questions, the nomination cannot be submitted until all the required questions are completed.

  • Each nomination requires two supporters; the two references should be individuals who have worked closely with the nominee from collaborating organizations, previous colleagues…etc. The WISE team will contact the supporters, the supporters SHOULD NOT send letters of the recommendation to WISE unless they are requested.

  • WISE will contact the two supporters, kindly make sure that their details are up to date and correct.

  • A confirmation email along with a PDF version of the nomination form will be sent to the nominator once the system has received the nomination.



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