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Nomination Guidelines

The Yidan Prize invites nominators, such as government bodies, non-government organizations, professional associations and thought leaders, to propose nominees for the Prize. Self-nomination is accepted only 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.

The Prize, which bestows HK$60 million (about US$7.8 million) worth of awards annually, comprises two categories: the Yidan Prize for Education Research, which recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education, and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, which recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education. Each of the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development comprises of a gold medal and an award of HK$30 million (about US$3.9 million), including a cash prize of HK$15 million (about US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million. Should there be more than one individual receiving the Prize, the cash prize and project fund shall be shared equally among the Laureates. Through a series of initiatives, the prize serves to establish a platform that allows the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.

While posthumous nominations would not be accepted, nominees who are not awarded with the Yidan Prize could be nominated again in the future. Directors, Judging Committee members and Advisory Committee members of the Yidan Prize are not eligible to make nominations or be nominated.  In addition, nominators and supporters should not be family members of the nominee(s) or anyone who would possibly lead to a perceived, potential or actual conflict of interest.

Nominations for year 2020 must​ be submitted online at​ on or before 31 March 2020 23:59(UTC+8 HKT). A valid nomination shall be considered only for the particular year of nomination.

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Judging Criteria

Given on an annual basis, Yidan Prize reaches out to the world to recognize and support individuals for their most forward looking innovation that creates sustainable impacts on education system of today and tomorrow. Each nomination will be reviewed according to a set of rigorous criteria in order to identify the very best individuals.