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2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education

The Prize consists of two annual awards of US S50,000 for each recipient. Funded by the Government of the People's Republic of China, the Prize was established by the Executive Board in October 2015 and was awarded for the first time in 2016. It aims to honour and showcase outstanding projects advancing education for girls and women undertaken by individuals, groups, organizations or other entities. It will be awarded for the fourth time at a ceremony that will take place in Paris on 11 October 2019. on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education rewards outstanding practices of Individuals, Institutions other entities or non-governmental organizations advancing girls' and women's education.  The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at Its 197th session, and launched in 2016 with generous support by the government of the People's Republic of China. The Prize contributes to two Sustainable Development Goals: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (Goal 4) and "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" (Goal 5).


Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the nominee specifically advancing girls' and women's education. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Eligibility requirements

The nominations will only be considered if the project/programme:

  • has a clear focus on advancing girls' and women's education, and the promotion of gender equality in and through education, and contributes to one or more of the five priority areas of the Prize:
  1. Participation: Supporting girls/adolescent girls to transition from primary education to tower-secondary education and to complete full basic education
  2. Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  3. Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment, free of school-related gender-based violence
  4. Teachers: Engaging female and male teachers to develop gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices and be change agents in favour of girls' education
  5. Skills: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire knowledge and skills for them to adequately transition from school to work and lead a fulfilling life.
  • has already been running for at least two years
  • shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts

Submission details

Nomination files should be submitted as follows:

Closing date: Friday, 17 May 2019
Email: |


The Kalinga Prize rewards the exceptional efforts of a person who has had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, lecturer, radio/television programme director or film producer, which has enabled her/him to help interpret science, research and technology to the public. He/she is expected to be knowledgeable of the role of science, technology, and general research in the improvement of the public welfare, the enrichment of the cultural heritage of nations and the solutions to the problems of humanity.

The objective of the Prize is in directly in line with UNESCO’s policies and is related to the Programme on the popularization of science.

Donors and Prize

The Prize is funded by the Kalinga Foundation Trust, the Government of the State of Orissa, and the Government of India (Department of Science and Technology). It will be awarded by the Director-General of UNESCO at an official ceremony during the World Science Forum that will be held in Budapest, Hungary in November 2019.

The award consists of a cheque for the amount of the prize US$40,000, an award certificate, and the UNESCO-Albert Einstein silver medal. The laureate will also receive the Kalinga Chair as established by the Government of India (Department of Science and Technology) which comprises a certificate and cash award of US$5,000.

He/she will be invited to travel to India (travel and accommodation will be provided by the Government of India), for a two to four week tour to interact with scientists and science communicators. He/she will be provided with appropriate facilities to familiarize herself/himself with Indian life and culture, Indian research and educational institutions, and the development of India’s industry and economy. He/she will also be invited to visit Indian universities, and attend meetings within India’s scientific societies, particularly those of the Indian Science Congress Association. While in India, the Prize-winner will be asked to deliver lectures in English, and to take part in meetings in order to present recent progress in science and technology as well as the social, cultural and educational impacts of modern science.

Application process

The Prize is destined to candidates having contributed significantly to the popularization of science. The Prize may be awarded only to individuals. A work produced by a group of people shall not be considered. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The application should include a cover letter, and the following documents, in English:

  1. Description of the candidate’s background;
  2. Completed submission form;
  3. Summary of the work, or the results of the work, on the popularization of science, including publications and other supporting materials, to be submitted for consideration;
  4. Description of how the candidate’s submitted work has contributed to the popularization of science.

Submission details

Nomination files should be submitted as follows:

Closing date: Friday, 17 May 2019
Email: |

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