Nominations Open for UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2017


Nomination Opportunities are currently on at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  for the 15th Edition UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture with objectives of encouraging the propose qualified candidates who deserve to be rewarded for their literary, scientific or artistic achievements, as well as for their global outreach devoted to promoting Arab culture and its worldwide dissemination – independent of any religious considerations.

The UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab culture strives to foster a better understanding of other civilizations, thus promoting, or encouraging international exchange.


  • Twenty-two laureates have so far been awarded the Prize (with an amount of US$60 000, divided equally between the two laureates), in recognition of their contribution – in their respective disciplines – to Arab art and culture, or for participating in the dissemination of the latter outside the Arab world.
  • The prize winners have come to represent a new generation of researchers, artists, philosophers, authors and translators with a profound desire to achieve a genuine dialogue between Arab culture and other cultures.


  • The Prize fulfils its fundamental mission in highlighting the core message of the organization by promoting a dialogue among culture, and by rewarding significant contributions made by two eminent personalities, groups of persons or institutions (one from the Arab States and the other from elsewhere) to the development, knowledge and spread of Arab culture by means of artistic, intellectual or promotional outreach aimed at enhancing intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. Proposed candidates should have earned an international reputation for meritorious action extending over several years.
  • Taking into account the important contribution of women, it is encouraged to propose renowned female candidates, to bring a better gender balance to the list of Laureates.

Eligible Regions: Not specified.



Applicants can send an e-mail to the Secretariat of the Prize, with the name and e-mail of the person at the address given on the website.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017


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