2019 WISE Awards: Recognizing Innovative Practices that Transform Education & Society


Deadline: 15 January 2019

Qatar Foundation is currently inviting applicants for its 2019 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards to recognize and promote six innovative projects that address global education challenges and transforming communities.

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The selected projects are models of excellence that serve as an inspiration for others to improve education through innovation and creative action.

Types of Project

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The WISE Awards recognize innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities and society.

The ideal project would be an ongoing, innovative and impactful education initiative that:

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  • Has an excellent record of proven success
  • Is financially sustainable
  • Has a clear plan indicating the project’s future objectives and future development
  • Is scalable
  • Is replicable in other contexts and regions of the world
  • Has a clear understanding and knowledge of:
    • its innovative nature;
    • its distinctiveness within its sphere of action, and;
    • the type and depth of its impact on its beneficiaries

Award Information

Each WISE Awards winning project will receive $20,000 (US) and will benefit from increased public interest through media exposure and other channels.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2019 WISE Awards submission procedure accepts both applications and nominations.
  • Ongoing/existing education projects run by any type of organization such as colleges, universities, academic networks, schools consortia, civil society and community organizations, governments, international agencies and private-sector companies working in the field of education are invited to apply or nominate.
  • Projects can also belong to any education sector such as pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational training, higher education, special needs education, education for people with disabilities, informal learning, and distance-based, non-formal and lifelong learning.
  • Finally, projects from any part of the world can apply or be nominated for the WISE Awards.
  • APPLICATIONS: Applications should be for original works and projects, and should be submitted by a representative working within the project. All applicants should therefore guarantee that their organization, or they themselves, originated the project, and should not hold WISE liable for any action or claim from a third party with respect to the project submitted.
  • NOMINATIONS: Nominations can be submitted by persons external to the organization running the project, this could be a beneficiary, partnering organization, government agency…etc. Nominators will be requested to identify themselves in the submission form, although this information will be kept confidential by WISE, nominators may or may not request information from the project in order to best fill out the nomination form. However, WISE will contact nominated projects if they are shortlisted for the Pre-Jury evaluation.
  • PREVIOUS APPLICANTS: Anyone who has submitted a previous application to the WISE Awards can submit a new application for the same – or for a different – project.
  • PREVIOUS WINNERS: Previous recipients of the WISE Awards are not eligible to apply for the 2019 WISE Awards. Moreover, others involved in the projects and/or activities that have received previous WISE Awards are not eligible to apply on behalf of the same project or activity.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/1s78g28

  • Avatar Kristine says:

    if i have started a community project which dealing with other activities such chicken rearing and community members rheir level of education is vey low, some never attend any formal school can i apply for this one?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Kristine,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria, application requirements and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Bbaale George Bush says:

    Provide the necessary website to my email for simple coordination.

  • Avatar Pastor Chukwuma Emmanuel says:

    Can a village church pastor, runing nursery and primary school with a mission oriented vision to help humanity also apply for this grant?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Pastor Chukwuma Emmanuel,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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