UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences 2021 (USD 350,000 prize)

Grant / Award in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Post Date : March 17, 2021
  • Apply Before : March 31, 2021
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • No. of Opportunity 3
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
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Opportunity Description


Nominations for the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences are now open. Awarded every two years, the prize recognizes the excellent efforts of individuals or institutions through scientific research towards bettering the quality of human life.
The primary aim of the Prize is to stimulate research, boost collaboration amongst researchers and strengthen networks of centers of excellence in the life sciences towards these goals.

Why this prize?

As life sciences is of key importance to a better future, they contribute to poverty elimination, improved health, food, and water security. So, contributions in this area are crucially important.


Application deadline: 31 March 2021 (Midnight Paris time, UTC+1)

Awarding organization: UNESCO in partnership with TWAS

Funded by: The Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Number of winners: 3

Prize value: 350,000 USD

Other benefits: Certificate and “Integracion Tribal” statuette by Equatorial Guinean artist Leandro Mbomio.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the prize, Individual(s) or Institutions should be confirmed by:

  • Either Member Countries in counseling with their National Commissions; or
  • Non-governmental organizations in official association with UNESCO active in a field related to the Prize.

*Each of the above authorities can endorse up to 5 candidates no later than the yearly announced deadline. Self-nominations will not be taken into consideration.

How to apply?

To kick off the application, candidates must first register online following which candidates will receive a temporary password to get access to and complete an online form in English or French.

Application form consists of:

  • Background Information ;
  • Summary of the candidate’s contribution to the Prize’s objectives;
  • Outline of the work/research;
  • List of Publications.

All supporting documents (such as publications, photos, videos) must be submitted online through the online system.

Once the form is complete, applications may be submitted in two ways:

  • Applicants invited to apply by an NGO can upload evidence of their confirmation and submit to the UNESCO Secretariat.
  • Or, Applicants can submit their application to a National Commission via the online process.

The UNESCO Secretariat only receives applications that have the official endorsement. Therefore, the candidate should ensure endorsement with the relevant National Commission.


The Secretariat reviews the application and sends the eligible to an international jury which will then recommend them to the Director-General for the final selection decision.

For more information about the prize and its past winners, please visit the website of UNESCO.

OR, contact Executive Secretariat of the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences through [email protected].

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