UNESCO seeks nominations for the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture


UNESCO calls for candidatures for the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Awarded since 2001, the Prize was established in 1998 in collaboration with the Government of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and is now at its 17th edition.

The Prize fulfils the organization’s fundamental mission of promoting intercultural dialogue by rewarding significant contributions made by two personalities, groups or institutions to the developing, raising awareness and spreading of Arab culture through artistic, intellectual, or promotional work that enhances mutual understanding. Proposed candidates should have earned an international reputation through meritorious and long-term action.

Extension of deadline for submissions of candidatures: 31 December 2019 at midnight.

UNESCO and the government of Sharjah encourage you to propose qualified candidates who deserve recognition for their literary, scientific or artistic achievements, as well as for their global dissemination of Arab culture.

The Prize is endowed with $60,000 (USD), divided equally between the two winners selected on the recommendation of an international jury, which will be created for this purpose.

We encourage you to nominate women or young people for this award, so that the list of candidates reflects UNESCO's commitment to youth and gender issues.

How to submit your nomination

Candidatures can be submitted online only.

Send an e-mail to the Secretariat of the Prize, prix.sharjah@unesco.org, Tel.: +33 1 45 68 09 66, with the name and e-mail address of the person you would like to be nominated.

The Prize Secretariat will then send all necessary information to this person, including how to submit an application that can only be done online.

The Secretariat is available to respond to any queries.

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted no later than 31 December 2019.


Shama Chokkam-Sunderraj
Focal Point
UNESCO-Sharjah Prize
Social and Human Sciences Sector - UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP FRANCE
Tel.: + 33 1 45 68 09 66
E-mail: prix.sharjah@unesco.org