How to apply?

The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is awarded biennially. The deadline for the 2017 call for nominations has been extended to 23 June 2017.

Nominations are submitted to UNESCO by the governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, and by non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO, each of which may propose a single candidature consisting of one individual only. Candidatures sent directly to UNESCO by individuals will not be accepted.

Therefore, interested candidates are invited to contact their country's National Commission for UNESCO to express their interest in being their country’s candidate for this prize. If you belong to a national association for the advancement of science or any other science association, including science writers or scientific journalists, inform them of your interest in applying for this prize.


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/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 (in a school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector.
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