2019 WISE Prize for Education

Organisation:  Qatar Foundation

Event Duration:  28 Oct . 2019--30 Oct . 2019

Last Date To Apply:  26 Feb . 2019

2019 WISE Prize for Education

About the Prize

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team for an outstanding contribution to education at any level. The WISE Prize Laureate is announced at the Opening Plenary Session of the global biennial summit, and receives the WISE Prize for Education gold medal and $500,000 (US) cash fund dedicated to grow their initiative.

What is the WISE Prize for Education?

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team for their outstanding contribution to education, and for their resolve to develop an idea or grow their initiative further. The WISE Prize for Education celebrates and shares the laureate’s vision in building the future of education by providing the Laureate(s) tailored support over two years to scale their impact.

The Laureate(s) will receive US $ 500,000 cash prize dedicated to continuing their work in education, and a gold medal.

The WISE Prize is not a grant scheme aimed at supporting new projects or organization. The prize is aimed at recognizing the accomplishment of an individual or team in education and their potential in shaping the future of education.

Who can nominate and be nominated to the WISE Prize for Education?


  • The 2019 WISE Prize for Education selection process only accepts nominations. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Potential WISE Prize for Education candidates can be researchers, education practitioners, policy makers, organization leaders and can belong to any education sector such as early childhood education, K-12, higher education, vocational training, differently abled development, informal education, distance based learning, education technology and lifelong learning.
  • Nominees for the WISE Prize for Education can be from any part of the world, if they meet the criteria indicated on the next page.


  • The nominator must be an individual and not an organization, the nominator could be working with the nominee, part of their community, one of the nominee’s end beneficiaries or have no relationship with the nominee.
  • The nominator will fill out the nomination form and should know the nominee’s work very well.
  • The nominator can fill out the nomination form without informing or asking for information from the nominee. The nominator can also request information from the nominee to fill the form.
  • The nominator should provide the needed contact information, in case the WISE team would like to contact the nominator for further details.

Multiple Nominations

  • Several nominations from different individuals may be submitted for the same individual, although this has no bearing on the judging process.
  • The same nominators may submit several nominations for different individuals or team.

What type of nominee(s) is eligible?

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level, and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach. The nominee(s) should meet the following criteria:

  • Commitment to Education: The nominee(s) has proven a continuous commitment to addressing education challenge(s) locally or internationally
  • Positive Systemic Innovation: the nominee(s) is a catalyst for systemic change by creating innovative solutions to local or international education challenge(s).
  • Leadership: the vision of the nominee(s) is not only innovative but contextually challenges the status quo. The nominee(s) is the driving force behind the project/organization not simply the director. The nominee has the energy and aspiration to continue growing the impact of his or her work.
  • Sustainable Impact: the contribution of the nominee(s) generates positive and sustainable impact in the lives of the targeted beneficiaries. Shortlisted nominee(s) must clearly outline how the WISE Prize for Education will optimize, grow and scale their impact.


Call for nominations: December 3 – February 26. 13:00 GMT

WISE Due Diligence: March 13 – March 28

Committee Evaluation: April 4 –April 28

Call for Proposals: May 13 – June 13

Jury Evaluation: July 1 – August 23

Announcement of the 2019 Laureate: WISE Summit 2019, October 28-30, 2019

WISE Prize for Education nomination period now open until February 26, 2019.

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