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What is the Global Pluralism Award?

The Global Pluralism Award is a program that aims to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, and government bodies that are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity. Beyond public recognition and a monetary prize, the Award aims to raise the profile of pluralism champions globally, inspire action and motivate a broader community to innovate in their respective fields of practice.

The Award was born out of the reality that building inclusive societies requires great effort but often comes with little recognition or support. The Centre wants to support the examples of “pluralism in action,” not only by providing financial support, but also by showcasing and sharing their work with a global audience.

Who manages the Award?

The Award is an initiative of the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. The Award is managed by a dedicated secretariat based in the Centre’s office in Ottawa.

How often is it awarded?

The Award is presented to three recipients once every two years.

Who is eligible?

Individuals and institutions (public, private and civil society) are eligible for the Award. You can find a detailed list of eligible nominees here.

Which countries are eligible?

As a global Award, we welcome nominations from any country around the world, both developing and developed countries.

How can I apply/nominate someone?

Submissions are accepted from nominators or from candidates themselves. Consideration by the Jury will not depend on the type of submission.


Step 1: The nominator provides basic information about themselves and the candidate. One nominator can nominate multiple candidates.
Step 2: The Centre notifies the candidate of their nomination. The candidate completes a “Candidate Form.”
Step 3: The candidate is responsible for submitting the completed form before the assigned deadline.
Step 4: Both nominator and candidate receive a confirmation email.


Step 1: The candidate creates an online profile and completes a “Candidate Form.”
Step 2: The candidate is responsible for submitting the completed form by the assigned deadline.
Step 3: The candidate receives a confirmation email.

When is the deadline to apply/nominate?

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Global Pluralism Award has passed. Please check back in early 2020 for more information on the deadline for the 2021 Award.

When will the award winners be announced?

The second cohort of Award winners and honourable mention recipients will be announced in September 2019. The Award will be presented to three winners in November 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. To stay up-to-date with Award news and activities, follow the Global Centre for Pluralism on Facebook and Twitter.

How are the award winners determined?

An independent international jury of experts will evaluate submissions using three main criteria: relevance to pluralism, innovation and authenticity.

How can the award winners use the financial support?

Three award winners will be given $50,000 each to further their work in support of pluralism. Award funds must be used for non-profit activities. Award winners will be required to submit a budget with the proposed way in which the funds will be used.

How is the financial support given to me or my organization?

The Centre will enter into an agreement with each of the three award winners. The funds will be disbursed in three installments. Reporting on the use of the funds will be required in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency policies governing charities and the Income Tax Act.

Can I submit my nomination again in 2021?

Yes. If you did not receive the Award in 2019, we encourage you to resubmit your nomination for the 2021 Award.