2015/2016 UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers ( $USD300,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: 31 October 2015.

The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was created in 2008 to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities.

Awarded every two years, the Prize is generously supported by H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. It amounts to $300,000, which is equally divided between three winners whose projects aim at improving worldwide the performance and effectiveness of teachers.

The winners are selected by an International Jury composed of five distinguished professionals chosen for their high-level of knowledge and experience in teacher-related issues.

The Prize will be awarded for the 4th time at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2016.

Who is eligible?

  • Candidates may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); educational or research institutions and local/national/regional communities.
  • Applications are not opened to individuals.

What is a nominating body?

  • Nominating bodies may be governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO.
  • A nominating body may nominate and recommend up to 5 candidates for the Prize.

How to apply?
Applications may be submitted in two ways:

  • A candidate shall ask a nominating body to send its application to UNESCO;
  • A nominating body may initiate the process of nominating a candidate and send the application to UNESCO.
  • A candidate shall be nominated by no more than one nominating body.
  • Applications must be written either in English or French only.
  • Unsolicited applications are not taken into consideration/ self-nominations cannot be considered


The application must contain:
1. The nomination form filled by the nominating body (using the appropriate form);
2. The application form completed by the candidate (using the appropriate form);
3. Accompanying/supporting materials (in English or French).
Both application and nomination forms can be downloaded from UNESCO’s website:
or Hamdan Award’s website

Applications should be postmarked or sent by email to the Secretariat of the Prize by 31 October 2015 (midnight, Paris time).

UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Secretariat
Division for Teaching, Learning and Content
Section for Learning and Teachers
Education Sector
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP, France
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel.: + 33 1 45 68 08 03

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize 2015



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