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Global Pluralism Award Call For Application 2025

The Global Pluralism Award recognizes pluralism in action. Presented every other year to individuals, organisations, governments and businesses from around the world, the Award celebrates the inspiring and brave work that is helping to build more inclusive societies where diversity is valued and protected. ? 

The Award

The Global Pluralism Award celebrates achievement and excellence in the field of pluralism.

Presented every other year to individuals, organizations, governments and businesses from around the world, the Award celebrates the inspiring and brave work that is helping to build more inclusive societies where diversity is valued and protected.

The Award is conferred by the Global Centre for Pluralism and made possible in part by the generous support of TD Bank Group. The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization founded by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada. The Centre works with policy leaders, educators and community builders around the world to amplify and implement the transformative power of pluralism.

Aim and Benefits

The Award aims to:

  • Raise the international profile of pluralism, defined as a principle of respect for diversity.
  • Identify and disseminate innovative and successful approaches to pluralism globally.
  • Recognize and raise the profile of exemplary organizations, individuals or other entities seeking to advance pluralism.

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. 

Requirements

A wide range of disciplines

Candidates must demonstrate remarkable and sustained achievement in any of the wide range of disciplines related to pluralism. These disciplines include:

Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
  • Education
  • The Arts
  • Social Cohesion
  • Migration and Integration
  • Development
  • Media and Technology
  • Human Rights

Global candidates

Candidates from any country are eligible, including:

Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

  • Individuals (artists, journalists, academics, policymakers, filmmakers, etc.)
  • Civil society organizations (professional associations, faith-based organizations, labour unions, non-profit research or educational institutions, local community groups, non-governmental organizations, foundations, think tanks, etc.)
  • Social enterprises
  • Corporations
  • Educational, research and policy institutions (public or private)
  • Local/municipal, regional or federal/national branches or agencies of government

Requirements

  • Candidates must be living. The Award cannot be given posthumously.
  • Candidates must not be an agency or employee of any of the Centre’s founding partners, namely the Government of Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network.
  • Candidates must not be members of the jury, the Centre’s Board or staff or a consultant receiving remuneration from the Centre at the time of nomination. Close relations and organizations owned or operated by the jury, Screening Committee, the Centre’s Board members and staff are also non-eligible.
  • Individuals and organizations nominated for the Award must not have been found guilty of committing violent crimes, terrorism, or other criminal activities; or have publicly held extremist views.

Interview date, Process and Venue 

JUNE 2024 Submissions processing

The Centre’s Secretariat processes and screens submissions received.

SEPTEMBER 2024 Selection of shortlist

Shortlisted candidates are notified and may be required to provide additional documentation.

MARCH 2025 Jury meeting

An independent international jury of experts reviews shortlist and selects a list of finalists.

MAY 2025 Site visits to finalists

As part of the due diligence process, the Centre may visit some candidates in person.

SEPTEMBER 2025 Public announcement of Award winners

Awareness-raising and in-country press conferences follow.

NOVEMBER 2025 Award ceremony

The Award is presented to three winners and up to seven honourable mention recipients.

Application Deadline

May 17, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Global Centre for Pluralism on award.pluralism.ca to apply

For more details visit: GCP website.

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