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The deadline for submission of applications is 15 March 2024, 17:00 GMT

Since 2009, the WISE Awards and WISE Prize for Education have highlighted over 100 global innovative solutions and individuals in education and, throughout the past 15 years, many of them have grown to become more impactful, have contributed to the work of WISE, have scaled to new regions, and more. The legacy of the WISE Awards and WISE Prize for Education stemmed from the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, with the aim to elevate players in the field of education.

“It is our aim that this Prize should raise global awareness of the crucial role of education in all societies, and create a platform for innovative and practical solutions that might help alleviate some of the challenges which education faces around the world.”
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Chairperson of Qatar Foundation
“It is our aim that this Prize should raise global awareness of the crucial role of education in all societies, and create a platform for innovative and practical solutions that might help alleviate some of the challenges which education faces around the world.”
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Chairperson of Qatar Foundation

Now, in 2024, WISE is launching the next generation of the WISE Prize as one sole initiative, identifying a group of finalists to partake in this competition. WISE will identify and provide support through capacity building and mentorship to organizations tackling new challenges ahead.

This iteration of the WISE Prize will work with the chosen finalists over the span of one year to develop solutions that addresses one of the following key education challenges:

Improving the teaching of Arabic language

Develop a solution to improve the effectiveness of teaching, acquisition and use of the Arabic language.

Accelerating foundational literacies

Create a personalized learning tool to accelerate basic literacy and numeracy skills, particularly in under-resourced areas.

Addressing challenges in A.I.

Design a tech-based intervention to equip youth with skills to navigate challenges of increasing presence in an A.I.-driven market and society, such as biases and disinformation.

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For any queries, please contact the WISE Team by emailing wiseprize@wise.org.qa

  • Organizations submit a proposal to address one of three education challenges
  • A shortlist of applicants undergo a thorough due diligence process
  • An external committee of education experts identify 4-6 finalists
  • Finalists develop an education solution over a 12-month period
  • Financial support of $100k – $150k USD provided to support the solution development
  • Access to tailored mentorship to drive solution development
  • Access to capacity-building for team members
  • Progress monitoring and support from WISE
  • A $1 million USD Prize* awarded at the 2025 WISE Summit

    *see T&Cs for conditionals of the monetary prize.
  1. Credentials: Applicants have a record that back their ability to solve the challenge
  2. Innovation: Applicants address the education challenge in an evidence-based approach that has not been tested or implemented before.
  3. Feasibility: Proposals have a coherent Minimum Viable Product timeline with clear resource allocation and manpower planning.
  4. Scalability: Proposed solutions should demonstrate potential to expand and detail sustainable funding over time.
  5. Contextualization: Proposed solutions are adaptable to different geographic and social contexts

Any type of legally registered organization including colleges, universities, academic networks, schools, civil society, community organizations, governments, international agencies, private-sector companies and non-profit entities working in the field of education are invited to apply. The organization should be in operation for at least 12 months with established programs or products.

Representation from any education sector including pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary, EdTech, vocational training, higher education, special needs education, informal learning, lifelong learning and more, are welcome to apply.

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, originate the project, and should not hold WISE liable for any action or claim from a third party with respect to the project submitted.

APPLICATIONS

Applications should be for original works and projects, and should be submitted by a representative that will be assigned to work on the solution development. 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.

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS

Anyone who has submitted a previous application to any previous programs run by WISE can submit a new application for other works.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Individuals or organizations that are previous recipients of the WISE Awards/WISE Prize are eligible to apply for the WISE Prize for Education as long as the proposed solution is a new project. The solution should not be under the same project that was previously recognized by WISE.

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

Only one application can be submitted for a single educational activity or project. Individuals may only submit a single application. Other individuals working for the same organization are allowed to submit different applications for different educational activities.

Applicants should have evidence of the transformative impact on individuals, communities and society in education already achieved from previous ventures, with:

  • A strong record of proven success
  • Minimum 2 years in operation
  • More than one source of funding
  • At least one dedicated full-time team member (or full-time equivalent) to drive the solution development
  • A clear plan indicating the project’s objectives and development in response to the education challenge it will address
  • A scalable solution and ability to replicate in other contexts and regions

The call for applications opens 12:00 GMT 24 January – 17:00 GMT 15 March, 2024.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • In order for the application/nomination form to be eligible, your submission must:
  • Be entered into the official form on the online system
  • Be complete and accurate
  • Be submitted in English
  • Be submitted online by the official deadline at https://wise-qatar.awardsplatform.com/
  • The form must include the contact details of two supporters

TIMELINE

  • The deadline for submission of applications is 15 March 2024, 17:00 GMT
  • A shortlist of projects will undergo a due diligence process April – August 2024
  • The external committee will review shortlisted applications
  • A group of finalists will be revealed October 2024
  • Solution development, support and mentorship will run November 2024 – November 2025
  • The $1 million USD Prize* will be awarded at the 2025 WISE Summit

The initial applicant will receive the WISE Prize on behalf of the project. Teams should select one project representative to apply and be the recipient of the WISE Prize for Education.

THE MONETARY PRIZE

The finalists of the 2024-2025 WISE Prize will receive $100,000 – $150,000 USD to support the development of their solutions. A $1 million USD Prize will be awarded at the 2025 WISE Summit to further advance the solution.

Both finalists and winners agree to document, report and share updates of their solution development throughout the WISE Prize cycle 2024-2025 and thereafter.

MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT

The finalists agree to mention WISE as a supporter of their Minimum Viable Products in their external communication about the product.

COMMUNICATION

WISE reserves the right to publicize the finalists and the winning projects by means of any kind of communication (internal and/or commercial advertising), through any promotional media (press, magazines, catalogues, websites, etc.) and all over the world.

This communication may be in the form of pictures, recordings (audio and video) and texts supplied by each of the Finalists and winning projects.

By reaching the shortlist stage of the WISE Prize, contestants agree to provide photos and all required documentation at the time of their shortlisting and for a period of at least two years following the Awards. They also acknowledge the right of the WISE initiative to use this material.

Finalists and winners agree to provide WISE with information on any developments related to their works that may be a result of, or linked to, WISE and the WISE Prize for Education.

The representatives of the winning projects also agree to give full access and facilitate, when necessary, the film production and innovation assessment conducted by a third party assessor.

DATA PROTECTION

By taking part in this competition, applicants agree that their personal details will be included in a database owned by the WISE initiative, which will be the exclusive custodian of the said details for the purpose of managing the specified competition. WISE will not sell or distribute applicants’ personal data to third parties.

Applicants have the right to access and modify any personal data concerning themselves. Applicants also have the right to refuse to be included in a database and may exercise these rights at any time by making the appropriate request in writing to wiseprize@wise.org.qa.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Insofar as is permitted by law, WISE will in no circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury, or death occurring as a result of the Prize. WISE reserves the right to modify the conditions of the call for projects and/or the Prize at any time.

WISE shall not be liable if the call for projects is extended, shortened, modified or cancelled, or if problems arise with the website or due to loss of materials in e-mail and/or postal services.

Applicants cannot dispute the choice of Finalists or the winning projects nor can they dispute the allocation of the WISE Prize.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

WISE owns the intellectual property rights for texts, photos, films, documentaries, etc. made for the WISE initiative and also for the trademarks and logos appearing in various supporting media. Consequently, the applicants cannot use them, in whole or in part, unless they have received specific authorization from the WISE Team.

GOVERNING LAW – JURISDICTION

These rules for the WISE Prize for Education are governed by Qatari law and, in the event of a dispute regarding their interpretation or performance, such a dispute shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in Doha, Qatar.

INFORMATION AND QUERIES

To access the application system and for further information about the 2025 WISE Prize for Education please visit the official website. For any queries, please contact the WISE Team by emailing wiseprize@wise.org.qa.

ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES OF “THE 2024-2025 WISE PRIZE FOR EDUCATION”

Applying for the 2025 WISE Prize for Education implies full acceptance of and respect for these rules by the applicants.

Interpretation of these rules falls within the exclusive competence of WISE.

Explore our list of innovators and community members

WISE Awardees

Since 2009, the WISE Awards has acknowledged six successful and innovative projects addressing global educational challenges each year. WISE has received more than 5,300 applications from over 151 countries. Today, 90 projects have been awarded, from a wide variety of sectors and locations for their innovation, positive contribution and ability to adapt and scale.

Browse our Innovators Directory to learn more about the finalists and winners.

WISE Prize Laureates

The WISE Prize for Education Laureates are inspiring role models for all those concerned with building the future of education as the foundation for a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable world. Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education was the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team for their outstanding and lifelong contribution to education. The WISE Prize for Education helps to raise the status of education by giving it similar prestige to other areas for which international prizes exist – such as literature, peace, and economics.

Safeena Husain

Founder and Board Member, Educate Girls

Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp

CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All

Larry Rosenstock photo

Larry Rosenstock

Founder & CEO Emeritus, High Tech High

Patrick Gyimah Awuah Jr

Dr. Patrick Awuah

Founder & President, Ashesi University

WISE Prize Sakena Yacoobi 2015 Laureate

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

President, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning

WISE Prize Ann Cotton 2013 Laureate

Ann Cotton

Founder and President, Camfed

Vicky Colbert

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva

Dr. Madhav Chavan

Co-Founder and President, Pratham

WISE Prize Fazle Hasan Abed 2011 Laureate

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Founder and Chairperson of BRAC

Previous Jury and Committee Members

WISE has worked closely with an established panel of education experts to support the selection of the WISE Awards & WISE Prize winners each year. Panels are comprised of active members of the WISE community with pivotal roles in the education sphere largely as policymakers, government officials, founder board members, and more.

Find out more about members of the WISE Awards and WISE Prize panels from recent years here.

David-Sengeh

David Moinina Sengeh

Chief Minister & Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Sierra Leone

Stefania Giannini

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Shigeo Katsu

Shigeo Katsu

President, Nazarbayev University

Vicky Colbert

Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida

Board Member & Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority

Jörg Dräger

Jörg Dräger

Executive Director of the Board of Trustees, Kühne Foundation

Emiliana Vegas

Emiliana Vegas

Professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

Fahad Hamad Hassan Al- Sulaiti

Fahad Hamad Hassan Al-Sulaiti

CEO, Education Above All Foundation

Abeer Al-Khalifa

President, Pre-University Education, Qatar Foundation

Vishal Talreja

Co-Founder, Dream a Dream

Anthony B Maddox

Anthony B Maddox

Director and Co-Founder, Center for Engineering in Education

Dr. Shannon May

Shannon May

Co-founder & President, NewGlobe

Tim Howarth

Tim Howarth

Founding CEO & Board Advisor, United World Schools