UNESCO is currently accepting applications for the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence in 2022.

The prize is awarded every two years to individuals, institutions and other entities or non-governmental organizations that have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated leadership in the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

The Prize was created in 1995 on the occasion of the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, thanks to the generosity of the Indian writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh, who is also UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.


Worth of Award

  • The Prize carries a monetary award of USD 100,000.
  • Winners also receive a certificate highlighting the major contributions for which it is awarded.
  • The awardees are officially recognized at a ceremony that is held at UNESCO Headquarters on the International Day for Tolerance, celebrated every year on 16 November, at which they are invited to deliver an acceptance speech.


  • Member States or Associate Members of UNESCO, non-governmental organizations and foundations that maintain official relations with UNESCO, especially those whose activities fall within the scope of the Prize, as well as former laureates of the Prize, qualified eminent personalities and any suitable person or civil society organization working for the advancement of a culture of peace, human rights, non-violence and tolerance in the world are invited to nominate candidates.
  • According to its Statutes, candidates should be men, women, institutions or non-governmental organizations that have distinguished themselves through particularly remarkable initiatives extending over several years to promote the understanding and solution of international or national problems in a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

How to Apply

  • To nominate candidates, please send the nomination form in English or French, no later than 15 June 2022, by regular mail or e-mail to the contact below.
  • Additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.

Send it, duly signed and stamped, to
Ms Anna Maria Majlöf
Secretary of the Prize
Social and Human Sciences Sector – UNESCO
7 Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP FRANCE
+33 1 45 68 17 70
[email protected]

Deadline: applications close June 15, 2022


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