Call for nominations: 2021 UNESCO Mendeleev Prize

The call for nominations for the 2021 edition of the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in Basic Sciences is now launched. 2021 marks the first edition for this new Prize aiming to reward major achievements in research, education and international cooperation in the basic sciences for sustainable development.

The Prize shall be awarded annually to two individual prize-winners for achievements that are conductive to socio-economic transformation and development on a global or regional scale, based on:
1. excellence in research in the basic sciences fields;
2. basic sciences education and popularization;
3. international or régional coopération in the basic sciences.

Sponsored by the Russian Federation, the Prize consists of a monetary reward of US $250,000 for each of the two winners. A gold medal and a diploma will also be awarded to each of the recipients.The prize-winners will be selected on the basis of assessments and recommendations made by the Jury of the Prize. In accordance with the Statutes of the Prize, nominations shall be submitted by the Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, by non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize, by UNESCO Chairs, Category 2 Centres, international scientific unions and universities. A self-nomination cannot be considered.

We are confident that you will give this Prize all due attention and propose the most qualified candidate(s). Kindly note that, in accordance with the Statutes of the Prize and UNESCO's Global Priority Gender Equality, nominations of women scientists are encouraged.

Information about the Prize and the nomination process can be found at:

All applications must be submitted online via a dedicated template available on the Application Process’s webpage, by 15 March 2021 at the very latest, in English or French.
The Mendeleev International Prize’s Team (tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 61; e-mail: remains at your disposal for any clarification regarding the nomination process.