United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award 2022 (US$ 150,000 Prize)


Application Deadline: 20 February 2022

Every year, UNHCR searches for a person or an organisation with exceptional dedication and commitment in supporting people who are refugees, internally displaced or stateless. That person or group wins the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

The laureate or the winning organisation receives US$ 150,000 to invest in their humanitarian work. Additionally, four regional winners from each global region outside of the laureate’s region are selected and honoured with a certificate and a local event.


Candidates may be individuals, groups or organizations. Every Nansen Refugee Award laureate and regional winners spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced:

· The nominee’s work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities;

· The nominee’s work demonstrates courage – they might at times face personal risk for his/her/their work;

· The nominee’s work has a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people;
· The work is connected to a major displacement issue or situation.

Anyone may submit a candidate for the Nansen Refugee Award. We welcome the nomination of any deserving individual, group or organization. Finalists from previous year are still eligible.Please note self-nominations are strongly discouraged.

Current or former UNHCR employees are ineligible. 
ReferencesThree references must be provided. References should be diversely selected (not all from the same organisation or group). The nomination will be ineligible without three referees.

Selection process

The Nansen Refugee Award Selection Committee is an independent body which selects the annual laureate and four regional winners.Please note that the selection process remains strictly confidential, and no information regarding the status of your nomination will be released.The 2022 laureate and regional winners will be announced in September 2022.

Nomination submission and deadline
The deadline to submit nominations is midnight CET, 20 February 2022. The strongest nominations will have detailed accounts of the candidate’s work and impact on people of concerns, as well as  strong references to back up the submission.For any questions, please contact the Nansen Refugee Award Secretariat at [email protected]

Please note that nominations received after midnight on 20 February 2022 will not be considered.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022


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