UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2018

Deadline: 5 June 2018
Open to: governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world
Award: each of the prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and USD 20.000


UNESCO is calling for applications and nominations for the 2018 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes, which this year will award outstanding programmes and individuals who promote literacy around the world within the theme of ‘Literacy and Skills Development’.

Since 1967, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 485 projects and programmes are undertaken by governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world have already received recognition and support for their excellent work.

Through two prestigious Prizes, UNESCO supports effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies to close the literacy gap of approximately 750 millions of people.


Concerned governments of the UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are encouraged to take into account individuals, institutions and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of literacy and requested a nomination.

All programmes and projects must meet the selection criteria in order to be taken into consideration.


  • The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards), was established in 1989 and is supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to programmes that focus on the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training;
  • The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards), was established in 2005, and is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This Prize recognizes programmes that promote adult literacy, especially in rural areas and for out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women;
  • Each of the prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and USD 20.000.

How to Apply?

All applications should be submitted to nominating entities, such as the National Commission for UNESCO in the country of the programme, or an NGO that is in an official partnership with UNESCO.

Applications can be submitted via the online platform, detailed information about the application and nomination process is to be found on the UNESCO Literacy Prizes’ website.

  • The deadline for submitting applications for nominations: 5 June 2018;
  • The deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 17 June 2018 (midnight, Paris time);

For more information please visit the official website.