Call for nominations: UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2021

UNESCO invites the governments of it Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, the non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize, the UNESCO Chairs, and universities to propose individual candidates for the 2021 edition of the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences.

The UNESCO-Russia Prize is awarded to candidates whose scientific achievements are conducive to socio-economic transformation and impact development on a regional or global scale, based on:

  • Excellence in research in the fields of basic sciences;
  • Basic sciences education and popularization;
  • International or regional cooperation in the basic sciences.

The purpose of this award is to reward individuals for their major achievements in terms of development, diffusion, and international cooperation and also, to promote and honour excellence in the basic sciences, which had a significant transformational impact on a regional or global scale.


A financial award of USD 250,000 as well as a gold medal and a diploma.


The nominations can be submitted by the following entities:

  • Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions
  • Non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize
  • UNESCO Chairs
  • Universities
  • Category 2 Centres
  • International scientific unions.
  • Women scientists are mostly welcome to apply
  • There is no age limit for the candidates
  • Nominations must be completed in full in English or French.
Nomination Process

Nominations can only be submitted electronically through an online dedicated template.

Please register and consult the Rules and Regulations before filling in the template.

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To register, click here

Submission Deadlines: March 15, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.