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Mendeleev International Prize

UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2021

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Call for Nominations: UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2021. The UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences aims to promote and honor excellence in the basic sciences, defined to include the disciplines of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology, the foundation on which scientific knowledge can be propagated and which are fundamental to the advancement of innovation and sustainable development.


  • The Prize shall be awarded every year to two individual prize-winners at each edition.
  • Each of the two individual prize-winners will receive a financial award of $250,000 as well as a gold medal and a diploma.

Eligibility Criteria

The Prize is awarded to candidates whose scientific achievements are conducive to socio-economic transformation and impact development on a regional or global scale, based on:

  • Excellence in research in the fields of basic sciences.
  • Basic sciences education and popularization.
  • International or regional cooperation in the basic sciences.

There is no age limit for the candidates. UNESCO encourages applications from female candidates.


The nominations can be submitted by the following entities:

  • Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions
  • Non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize
  • UNESCO Chairs
  • Category 2 Centres
  • International scientific unions
  • Universities
  • No self-nomination is also welcome

Selection Criteria

  • The candidate’s outstanding contribution to/achievement in research and innovation in the basic sciences in the form of a published communication, basic sciences education and dissemination.
  • The impact of the candidate’s research on the current state of the relevant scientific fields: chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology (number, quality and impact of publications, conference presentations, patents, impact on society).
  • The recognition of the candidate by peers within his/her discipline through multi-stakeholders’ collaborations or publications conducive to scientific innovation and discoveries in basic sciences for sustainable development.
  • The recognition of the candidate’s commitments to basic sciences and to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development more broadly.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 March,2021
Open toAll



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