Deadline: March 15, 2021

Nominations are open for the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2021. Awarded every year to two prize-winners, its purpose is to reward individuals for their major achievements in terms of development, diffusion, and international cooperation in the basic sciences, which had a significant transformational impact on a regional or global scale.

The UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences aims to promote and honour excellence in the basic sciences, defined to include the disciplines of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology, the foundation on which scientific knowledge can be propagated and which are fundamental to the advancement of innovation and sustainable development.


  • Each of the two individual prize-winners will receive a financial award of USD 250,000 as well as a gold medal and a diploma.


  • The Prize is awarded to candidates whose scientific achievements are conducive to socio-economic transformation and impact development on a regional or global scale, based on:
    • Excellence in research in the fields of basic sciences;
    • Basic sciences education and popularization;
    • International or regional cooperation in the basic sciences.
  • There is no age limit for the candidates.
  • Candidatures of women scientists are encouraged.
  • No self-nomination shall be considered.


The nominations can be submitted by the following entities:

  • Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions
  • Non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize
  • UNESCO Chairs
  • Category 2 Centres
  • International scientific unions
  • Universities

Nominations can only be submitted electronically through an online dedicated template. Register and consult the Rules and Regulations before filling in the template.

For more information, visit UNESCO.

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