How to apply?

The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is awarded biannually. There is currently no open call. The next call will be opened in the Spring of 2021.

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.

Nominations shall be submitted to the Director-General by the governments of UNESCO Member States and Observer States, in consultation with their Permanent Delegations and National Commissions, or through Non-Governmental Organizations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. A self-nomination cannot be considered. Each Member State and Non-Governmental Organization may designate one candidate.

About the candidates

  • The Prize rewards writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television/web 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 (at school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector.


Each application dossier shall include the following documents, in English or French:

  • Nomination letter by Permanent Delegation of Member or Observer State to UNESCO, National Commission for UNESCO, or Non-Governmental Organisations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO;
  • Description of the nominee’s academic/professional background;
  • Summary of the work or the results of the work on the popularization of science;
  • Description of how the submitted work has contributed to the popularization of science;
  • List of enclosed annexes (publications, books, digital supports, media articles, etc.);
  • List of translations.

The application dossier should preferably be submitted online through this platform.

If however it must be sent by postal services, the complete dossier should come in five hard copies, or copied on five digital supports (USB, CD or DVD).

Applications should be addressed to the Secretariat of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science:

Mr Yoslan Nur
Programme Specialist
Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building
Natural Sciences Sector
7 Place Fontenoy
75732 Paris Cedex 07 SP

Evaluation process

The laureate is selected by the Director-General of UNESCO upon the recommendation of a Jury of five members. This Jury, composed of recognised personalities in the field, is designated by the Director-General on the basis of equitable geographical distribution.

By early July 2019, the jury members will receive all applications for evaluation. In September, the jury will meet at UNESCO to present the results of the evaluation to the Director-General and issue their recommendations for a laureate.

More information

For further information or any question about the 2019 edition of the Kalinga Prize, please contact:

Luc Vivien
Programme Assistant
B1 Fontenoy 1.129

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