UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (USD $150,000 Prize) for Individuals, Institutions and Organizations

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

Course(s) Offered: Education (for Development)
Course Level: Award
Provider: Government of Japan
Country to Study in: Several countries

Scholarship Description
The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) honours outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to ESD.

The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 195th session within the framework of the GAP on Education for Sustainable Development and officially announced at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD (10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan).

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

Nominations can be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Selection Criteria:
The three Prize winners are selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international independent Jury consisting of five experts.

The project/programme of the nominee are assessed by the Jury on the basis of the following criteria: A) Transformation, B) Integration, and C) Innovation.

In addition to these three criteria, the project/programme should:
  • have been running for at least two years
  • have a high impact relative to the invested resources
  • be replicable and scalable
  • contribute to one or more of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP.
Please see the complete selection criteria.

Prize benefits
The prize, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient.

Method of Application
How to submit nominations:
1. Complete the Online Nomination Form
The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website: https://teams.unesco.org/org/ed/esd-prize
  • Nominations must be completed online by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, through their official UNESTEAMS account.
  • It is possible for National Commissions to UNESCO to access and complete the online form. However, any nomination by a National Commission will need to be submitted by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the respective Member State. An automatic notification message will be sent to the official e-mail address of the Delegation to this end.
  • If a National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO wishes that the form be completed electronically by the nominees, UNESCO can create a UNESTEAMS account for each nominee. A request should be sent to esdprize@unesco.org before 15 April 2016. After completion of the online form by the nominee, the concerned National Commission and Permanent Delegation will receive a notification e-mail and can review the nomination before the Permanent Delegation submits to UNESCO.
  • Attention should be paid to presenting the project/programme of the nominee in a clear and structured way, following the instructions given in the form.
  • All supporting material (e.g. publications, photos, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system.
  • While completing the Form, please also keep in mind that the project/programme will be assessed by the Jury on the basis of the selection criteria (see 'Eligibility' above).
2. Submit the Online Nomination Form
  • Nominations have to be submitted in the online system by the concerned Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or the NGO by midnight of 30 April 2016 (UTC+1, Paris time).
  • Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this prize.

The last day to submit all applications is at midnight of 30 April 2016 (UTC+1, Paris time). The 2016 Selection Process timeline is as follows:
  • 27 January 2016: Launch of Call for Nominations
  • 30 April 2016: Last date to submit Online Nominations
  • 29/30 June 2016: International Jury Meeting
  • Mid-September 2016: Announcement of the Prize Winners
  • October 2016: Award Ceremony
UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD was awarded for the first time by the Director-General of UNESCO in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 November 2015. Listen to more about the programme and its last winners below.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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