Selection Process

An international jury of independent experts evaluates submissions using the following criteria.

  • Relevance to pluralism

    Candidates must demonstrate an exceptional and sustained contribution to pluralism. The Centre defines pluralism as an ethic of respect for human differences. Pluralism is a positive response to diversity, grounded in mutual recognition and respect. Pluralism results from the daily decisions taken by state institutions, civil society organizations and individuals to recognize and value human differences. Belonging is the goal of pluralism. Every individual must feel valued as a full and contributing member of society.

    Inclusive societies are promoted by a wide range of actors from multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, education, the arts, social cohesion, migration and integration, development, media and technology, human rights. etc.

    To learn about the 2021 Award winners and honourable mentions click here.

  • Impact

    Measuring impact in the field of pluralism is a complex task. When measuring impact, the Award focuses on the direct results of an individual’s or organization’s activities. Candidates must demonstrate that their achievements:

    • Have clearly advanced pluralism.
    • Have significantly improved the inclusion of diverse individuals or groups in the economy, society, culture, politics, health services, education sector, etc.
    • Have a high likelihood of long-term sustainability.
  • Authenticity

    Candidates must demonstrate, either through their institution’s policies or individual efforts, that they have made an exceptional and sustained commitment to the inclusion of diverse individuals.


    • Candidates applying as institutions must have equality and diversity and inclusion reflected in their human resource policies, and in the composition of their staff, membership and activities.
    • Candidates applying as individuals must demonstrate that they have defended and supported pluralism principles in their professional and personal lives.


May 31, 2022 Submission process closes Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
June 2022 – February 2023Submission processing
and initial screening
The Centre’s Secretariat processes and screens submissions received. Some candidates may be required to provide additional documentation.
April 2023Jury meetingAn independent international Jury of experts reviews submissions and selects a shortlist. Unsuccessful candidates are notified.
May – June 2023Site visits to shortlisted
As part of the due diligence process, the Centre may visit some of the shortlisted candidates in person. The scope, date and length of the visit will be agreed with candidates beforehand.
July 2023Final Jury decisionAward winners and honourable mention recipients are selected
and notified
Fall 2023Public announcement
of Award winners
Awareness-raising and in-country press conferences follow.
Late 2023Award CeremonyThe Award is presented