Nominations are ongoing for the Right Livelihood Award 2018. Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award honour and support courageous people and organisations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. It has become widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ and there are now 170 Laureates from 69 countries.

Presented annually in Stockholm, the Right Livelihood Award is usually shared by four Recipients. The prize money shared by all Laureates is SEK 3 million (2017) but not always all Laureates receive a cash award. Often an Honorary Award is given to a person or group whose work the Jury wishes to recognise but who is not primarily in need of monetary support. The prize money is for ongoing successful work, never for personal use.

Unlike the Nobel Prizes and most other international prizes, the Right Livelihood Award has no categories. It recognises that, in striving to meet the human challenges of today’s world, the most inspiring and remarkable work often defies any standard classification.

The presentation of the Right Livelihood Award is only the start of a long relationship between the Laureate and the Foundation. The Foundation sees its role as being the megaphone and shield for the Laureates, and provides them with long-term support.

Award:

  • Normally, the Foundation makes three cash awards and one Honorary Award each year.
  • The cash awards are intended for work in progress or the extension of existing activities; they are never given for personal use.

The Right Livelihood Award is not an award for the world’s political, scientific or economic elite, but an award for the people and their work and struggles for a better future. The Laureates come from all walks of life: they are farmers, teachers, doctors, or simply, concerned citizens. The Right Livelihood Award accepts proposals from everyone through an open nomination process.

Eligibility:

  • Anyone – except Right Livelihood Award Jury and staff members – can propose anyone (individuals or organisations), except themselves, close relatives or their own organisations, to be considered for a Right Livelihood Award.
  • The Right Livelihood Award Foundation reserves the right to refuse clearly unsuitable proposals.
  • The Laureates come from all walks of life: they are farmers, teachers, doctors, or simply, concerned citizens.

They have a strict rule that proposals and candidates for the Right Livelihood Award cannot be publicised. Infringement of this rule will make a candidate liable to disqualification.

Nomination Process:

Proposals, preferably written in English, need to be submitted both electronically and as a paper copy via regular mail to our office in Geneva. Please send only one copy, preferably printed double-sided. If possible, use encrypted email (more information below).

Postal Address

Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Geneva office
Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2e, Building 5
1202 Geneva
Switzerland
Email: research@rightlivelihood.org

The deadline for submission of proposals to be valid for the current year is March 1. Any proposals received after this date will normally be held for consideration in the following year.

Download the Guidelines for Proposals for the Right Livelihood Award 

Deadline: March 1, 2018

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