UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize 2017/2018 for Outstanding Practice & Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers ($USD 300,000)

Application Deadline: 31 October 2017.

In 2008, the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize was created to support the enhancement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities.
The Prize is awarded every two years to three winners whose projects aim at improving the
performance and effectiveness of teachers worldwide. The Prize, generously supported by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates, amounts to $300,000, which is equally divided between the three winners.
Eligible Requirements:
  • 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.
  • 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
Selection process
1. Applications received before the deadline are reviewed by the Screening panel, who will eliminate non-eligible candidates and transmit accepted applications to the International Jury of the Prize.
2. The International Jury meets in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to select the Prize winners.
3. Prizes are awarded to winners during an official ceremony organized at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day (October 2018).
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)
To submit a nomination, please download the guide, the application form and the nomination form.
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