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Yidan Prize will invite nominators, comprising government bodies, non-government organizations and professional associations, individual thought leaders, to propose nominees. Self-nomination is allowed in exceptional cases. Nominees could be either an individual or a working team of up to three people - teachers, researchers, academics, policy makers, advocates and among others.

While posthumous nominations would not be accepted, nominees who are not awarded with the Yidan Prize could be nominated again in future. But Directors, Judging Committee Members and Global Advisory Board Members are ineligible to nominate or be nominated.

Nominations must be submitted to the Secretariat that include all required information and documents by the said deadline. A valid nomination shall be considered only for the particular year of nomination.