UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

Deadline: 31 May 2017
Open to: governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world.
Prize: winners receives a medal, a diploma, and 20,000 USD for their project or programme


This year’s theme is ‘literacy in a digital world’, which will also set the focus for International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 September. 470 projects and programmes in the field of literacy have already been recognized and rewarded since 1967 for their excellence and innovation, undertaken by Governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world. Through the Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.


  • Governments;
  • Non-governmental organizations; 
  • Individuals around the world.


Two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are given to five laureates every year:

  • The first Prize is the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea;
  • The second Prize is the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. It is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Each of the five prize winners receives a medal, a diploma, and USD 20.000 for their project or programme.
  • The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded at an official ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on the International Literacy Day.

How to Apply?

  • Candidates should take into account this year’s theme – literacy in a digital world – and also consider the special focus of each Prize;
  • Applications should be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO through appropriate governments of the Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO;
  • Each government or non-governmental organization can nominate up to three applications for the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and up to two applications for the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize.

For more information please visit the official website.

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