The 2013 WISE Awards, Call for Applications

Deadline: 31 March, 2013
Open to: individuals, representing a project and the team associated with it, working in any sector of education, any type of organization and from any part of the world, whose achievements can be considered as outstanding
Awards: six Awards will be granted, each worth $20,000


The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of QATAR FOUNDATION, invites applications for the 2013 WISE Awards. These Awards recognize, showcase and promote educational projects and activities that have demonstrated a transformative impact upon societies and communities over a period of time.

Project holders from any region, educational sector or level are encouraged to submit applications which demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities in accordance with the criteria.


Eligible applicants are individuals, representing a project and the team associated with it, working in any sector of education, any type of organization and from any part of the world, whose achievements can be considered as outstanding.


  • Six Awards will be granted, each worth $20,000 
  • Applicants need to include a description of how they plan to use the prize money in the application form.
  • Representatives of the six winning projects will receive their Award at a Gala Dinner held during the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, October 29 – 31, 2013 and will also have the opportunity to showcase their projects during the Summit.


Applicants have to show how their educational activities have delivered on the following criteria (equally weighted):

Innovation can be of many different kinds depending on the context. It is important for applicants to emphasize in what way their project, or its components, are innovative in the given situation. Furthermore, the application should describe what global challenge the project is addressing and how the project distinguishes itself from other actors in similar fields. Applicants should also explain how the activity is innovative in the use of educational tools, design, methodology, media and/or practice, thereby shaping novel educational delivery.

  • Inclusion and Access: Applicants should detail how the activity has enhanced equality of access to education, particularly through an increase in the diversity of those participating in learning opportunities provided through the project. Applicants need to detail what types of audiences are targeted by the project.
  • Relevant and Quality Education: Applicants should explain how the project ensures the delivery of quality education and quality of learning as well as its relevance in the real world. Applicants need to indicate what they understand by relevant and quality education, and show explicitly how the intervention is indeed enhancing skills needed for improving people’s lives and their development as active and empowered citizens.


  • Educational and Social Transformation: Applicants should provide explanations on the extent to which the project has transformed an aspect of education and the effect this is having on the community and society more generally. Applicants should detail the nature of the impact, whether it is on the standard of living, working life or other social aspect.
  • Community Involvement: Applicants should detail the degree to which the project makes use of local resources and know-how and the project’s ability to enhance local capacities, allowing the community to achieve measurable and sustainable results in the future. Applicants should also be explicit about the ways in which beneficiaries, stakeholders and the community participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of the project.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Applicants should demonstrate how impact is assessed and how progress is monitored. Applicants need to show how this monitoring and evaluation has contributed to the project’s subsequent development and efficiency.


  • Organization and Partnerships: Applicants should explain how the organizational structure ensures the coherent and sustainable development of the project. If partnerships have been developed, applicants need to indicate their nature and detail how these have enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of the project.
  • Sustainable Financing: Applicants should detail how the activity has been funded to date and how it will be financed in the future. Applicants need to show how their project has sought to ensure continuing sustainability and/or new ways of financing their project.
  • Scalability and Dissemination: Applicants should provide evidence that the activity has the potential to be scaled up effectively, or has already been replicated in another context/region, by the applicant or by others (please specify). For more recent projects, the applicant needs to show explicitly how they plan to scale up the project effectively in similar educational and/or regional contexts. Applicants should provide evidence of how they have shared and disseminated their model and educational experiences with other practitioners.

How to apply

Submit your application here

The language of applications for the 2013 WISE Awards is English.

For any queries, please contact the WISE Team through the website or by email: [email protected]

The deadline for submission of applications is March 31, 2013, 23.59 GMT.

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