Nominations open for UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Deadline Date: March 20, 2024

 Donor Name: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

 Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Nominations are now open for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award.

The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award is presented every year to an individual or organization that has dedicated their time to help people forcibly displaced from their homes, referred to as the global laureate. Each year since 2017, several regional winners have also been recognized.

The Award is named after the celebrated Norwegian explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. Through its recipients, the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award aims to showcase Nansen’s values of perseverance and commitment in the face of adversity.

Funding Information

  • The prize money US$100,000 for the global laureate, US$25,000 for regional winners.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Anyone may nominate a candidate for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. If you nominated someone in the past but they did not win, you may nominate them again.
  • The strongest nominations will provide a detailed account of the candidate’s work and results for displaced or stateless people, as well as three solid references to vouch for their character and impact. References should not all come from the same organization or group.
  • Please note that self-nominations are strongly discouraged. Current or former UNHCR employees are not eligible.


  • Candidates may be individuals, groups or organizations.
  • Their work must have a direct and positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people.
  • Their work relates to a major displacement situation or issue.
  • This year they especially encourage nominations that relate to statelessness, climate, sports, solutions and inclusions but they are open to other themes.
  • They devote substantial time and effort to support forcibly displaced or stateless people, going above and beyond the call of duty and outside their expected role.
  • They have the capacity to successfully implement a suitable project with the prize money (US$100,000 for the global laureate, US$25,000 for regional winners).
  • They have three strong references.

For more information, visit UNHCR.

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