WISE Prize for Education 2024-25 for Outstanding Contributions in Education Worldwide ($1 Million Prize)

Competition Grant / Award in Education and Languages
  • Qatar, Qatar
  • Apply Before : March 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 93193
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 6
  • Fields of study Education
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Duration 1 Year
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Submissions are now open for the 2024-25 WISE Prize for Education awarded by the Qatar Foundation.

Since 2009, WISE has showcased 100+ global innovative solutions in education, many evolving to greater impact and collaboration with WISE. Now, WISE introduces the next generation of the WISE Prize, a singular initiative supporting finalists in addressing education challenges like AI, teaching Arabic, and foundational literacies.

Each finalist will receive $100,000 – $150,000 and tailored support, leading to the WISE12 Summit 2025, where the winning solution will be unveiled. The $1 million WISE Prize for Education is a conditional grant with naming rights for the winning solutions.

Who Can Apply?

Any legally registered education organization, including colleges, schools, governments, and nonprofits, that has been operational for at least 12 months can apply. Representation from all education sectors is welcome, and applications should be original works submitted by a project representative, ensuring WISE is not liable for third-party claims.

Representation from diverse education sectors—pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary, EdTech, vocational training, higher education, special needs education, informal learning, lifelong learning, and more—is encouraged to apply.

Applications must focus on original works and projects submitted by a representative working within the project. All applicants should guarantee that their organization originated the project, absolving WISE from any liability for third-party actions or claims related to the submitted project.

Brief Details

  • Deadline for submission: 15 March 2024, 17:00 GMT
  • Shortlisted projects contacted: April 2024
  • Due diligence process: April-August 2024
  • Finalists selected: September 2024
  • Capacity building and mentorship: November 2024 – November 2025
  • Finalists present solutions: November 2025
  • Winning solution revealed: AtvWISE12 Summit
  • Awarding Foundation: Qatar Foundation
  • Open To: Nominees Worldwide
  • Duration of Support: 1 Year
  • Funding Type: Partially-funded
  • Location: Qatar
  • Sector: Education

WISE Prize for Education

  • Finalists of the 2024-2025 WISE Prize: USD 100,000 – USD 150,000 support
  • USD 1 million Prize awarded at the 2025 WISE Summit to advance the solution

Eligibility Criteria

Who Can Apply for The Wise Prize?

  • Legally registered organizations (colleges, universities, academic networks, schools, civil society, community organizations, governments, international agencies, private-sector companies, and non-profit entities) in education with at least 12 months of operation and established programs or products.
  • Representation from any education sector (pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary, EdTech, vocational training, higher education, special needs education, informal learning, lifelong learning, etc.) is welcome.
  • Applications for original works and projects should be submitted by a representative within the project, with a guarantee of project origin to absolve WISE from third-party claims.

Eligible Submissions

Applicants should demonstrate a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society in education with the following:

  • A strong record of proven success.
  • Minimum two years in operation.
  • More than one source of funding.
  • At least one dedicated full-time team member for solution development.
  • A clear plan indicating the project’s objectives and development.
  • A scalable solution with the ability to replicate in other contexts and regions.


  • A representative assigned to work on solution development should submit original works and projects.
  • Applicants must guarantee project origin, absolving WISE from third-party claims.

Previous Applicants and Winners

  • Anyone with a previous application to WISE programs can submit a new application for other works.
  • Previous WISE Awards/WISE Prize recipients can apply for the WISE Prize for Education with a new project unrelated to the previously recognized project.

Multiple Applications

  • Only one application per educational activity or project.
  • Individuals may submit a single application; others in the same organization can submit different applications for various educational activities.

Selection Process

The WISE Prize for Education 2024-25 selection process details are as follows:

  • Shortlisted projects undergo a remote assessment between April and August 2024.
  • External education experts evaluate shortlisted applications based on criteria and due diligence reports.
  • WISE approves the selection of 4-6 finalists.
  • Finalists, after participating in the year-long development, are reviewed by a diverse Jury from various sectors.
  • The jury assesses due diligence reports and solution development documentation.
  • The winning solution will be announced live at the WISE12 Summit in 2025.
  • During the process, WISE, the Committee, or the Jury may request clarification or supplementary information.
  • False or inaccurate information renders the application invalid.

Selection Criteria

The Assessment Criteria for the WISE Prize are as follows:

  • Credentials: Applicants must have a track record supporting their ability to address the challenge.
  • Innovation: Applicants should approach the education challenge with evidence-based innovation that hasn’t been tested or implemented.
  • Feasibility: Proposals need a clear Minimum Viable Product timeline, resource allocation, and manpower planning for feasibility.
  • Scalability: Solutions should show potential for expansion and outline sustainable funding over time.
  • Contextualization: Proposed solutions must be adaptable to various geographic and social contexts.

Submission Process

  • Enter the application/nomination form through the official online system.
  • Ensure the submission is complete and accurate.
  • Submit the form in English.
  • Use the official submission platform linked below before the deadline.
  • Include the contact details of two supporters in the form.



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For further details about the Wise Prize for Education and the previous laureates, visit the Qatar Foundation’s Website or read the Guidelines.


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