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UNESCO International Prizes and Awards

UNESCO offers various prizes and awards to recognize a person or group of persons or institutions for an outstanding contribution they have made in the fields of education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and communication and information in a member state or region. These awards are offered on an annual or bi-annual basis. Each award carries with it a monetary prize to the Beneficiary.



The Kenya Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) is pleased to invite submissions for the nominations for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, created in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in 1986 while in exercise of his profession.

Awarded annually on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Prize consists of a medal symbolizing the award, as well as a monetary recompense.

As stipulated in the Regulations adopted by UNESCO’s Executive Board, the UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is intended to ‘honour a person, organisation or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and /or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if this involved risk.

Kenya citizens, individuals, local and regional professional and non-governmental organisations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression may nominate Kenyan candidates for the Prize.

For more details please visit: en.unesco.org/news/unesco-se

The nominations must be channelled through KNATCOM via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +254 (020) 2229053/4 by 2nd Feb 2018 for onward submission to UNESCO head office in Paris, France.

You may download the submission template form here.

UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize

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.

Candidates nominated for the Prize may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations; and educational or research institutions and local/national/regional communities. Nominations must be submitted by the governments of Member States, in consultation with Kenya National Commissions for UNESCO, and by non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO. A candidate shall be put forward by no more than one nominating body.

Awarded every two years, the Prize is generously supported by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. It amounts to US $100,000 awarded to the winner whose project aims at improving worldwide performance and effectiveness of teachers.

The winner is 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 5th time at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2018.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017-2018 Prize is 22nd October 2017.

To submit a nomination, please download the Guide, the Application Form and the Nomination Form.

Download the Statutes of UNESCO-Hamdan Prize.

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For More info: UNESCO Hamdan Prize

Call for Nomination letter (pdf)

Call for nominations: UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences
UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences. Deadline for the submission: 31 December 2016 at midnight which has been extended to 28th February 2017.

For More info: Call for nominations: UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

Statutes of the Prize (pdf)
Guidelines for submission (pdf)
Nomination form (word)

UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

UNESCO invites interested candidates to apply for The UNESCO Kalinga Prize.  The prize purpose is to give an international distinction awarding outstanding contributions of individuals in communicating science to society and promoting the popularization of science. The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an international award to reward exceptional contributions made by individuals in communicating science to society and promoting the popularization of science. It is awarded to persons who have had a distinguished career as writer, editor, lecturer, radio or television programme director, or film producer in helping interpret science, research and technology to the public. UNESCO Kalinga Prize winners know the potential power of science and technology in improving public welfare, enriching the cultural heritage of nations and providing solutions to societal problems on the local, regional and global level.


Each nomination shall be accompanied by a written recommendation, which shall include five copies (paper or electronic) of the following documents, in English or French:

  • Description of the candidate’s background;
  • Completed submission form;
  • Summary of the work or the results of the work on the popularization of science, including publications and other supporting materials;
  • Description of how the candidate’s submitted work has contributed to the popularization of science.

Please note that if an official translation of your work into either English or French does not exist, it is recommended to supply a detailed explanation in English or French, or a partial translation, of the content.

Candidatures should be sent to: 

Yoslan Nur
Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building
Natural Sciences Sector UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP France

Important regulations on the qualifications of candidates

  • Candidates can be writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television programme directors or film producers who have devoted their career to interpreting science, research and technology for the general public.
  • The applicant does not need to have a science degree.
  • This prize does not reward research.
  • This prize does not reward formal teaching (in a school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector.

Deadline for application is 20th May 2017

For more info UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the popularisation of science

For more information on the Prize, please visit: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/science-technology/sti-policy/global-focus/science-popularization/prizes/kalinga-prize/