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Global Teacher Prize

Award to a USA, Canada, or International
Teacher to Recognize Excellence in Teaching

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Award to recognize an outstanding USA, Canada, or International teacher who has made an exceptional contribution to the teaching profession. This award is intended to highlight the importance of teaching, and demonstrate the fact that teachers across the globe deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

The Varkey Foundation launched the Global Teacher Prize to recognize the value of the teaching profession and promote excellence in teaching. The Prize seeks to acknowledge the impact of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.

Candidates for the Global Teacher Prize will be judged on a rigorous set of criteria. The Academy will look for evidence of a combination of:

  1. Employing effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally.
  2. Employing innovative instructional practices that address the particular challenges of the school, community or country and which have shown sufficient evidence to suggest they could be effective in addressing such challenges in a new way.
  3. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
  4. Impact in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others.
  5. Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a values-based education that equips them for a world where they will potentially live, work and socialise with people from many different nationalities, cultures and religions.
  6. Improving the teaching profession through helping to raise the bar of teaching, sharing best practice, and helping colleagues overcome any challenges they face in their school.
  7. Teacher recognition from governments, national teaching organisations, head-teachers, colleagues, members of the wider community or pupils.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174812

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The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who teach children age 4+ in an Early Years government-recognised curriculum are also eligible, as are teachers who teach on a part-time basis, and teachers of online courses.

The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world. Head-teachers with teaching responsibilities are also eligible to apply.

Teachers must spend at least 10 hours per week teaching children face-to-face, and plan to remain in the teaching profession for the next 5 years.

To be eligible, an applicant must not be a previous Prize winner; and not be a previous Top 10 candidate.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications and nominations for Global Teacher Prize 2020 will open on the 1st August 2019. Deadline will be 22nd September 2019. Only online applications will be accepted; applications submitted via post or email will not be considered.

Selection Process:

- Once the application process has closed, applications will be scored and read by a panel of online judges who will select the Top 50 Finalists. (Applicants who do not progress to the Top 50 stage or beyond will not receive notification.)
- The first Committee of judges (“Prize Committee“) will meet to select the Top 10 Finalists.
- The Global Teacher Prize Academy (the final panel of judges) will then select the winner.


- The Prize will be paid in equal annual installments over a period of ten (10) years. During this ten (10) year period , the winner shall not conduct themselves (by act or omission) in such a way as to bring the teaching profession or any of the VF Parties into disrepute.
- The winner must attend financial counseling sessions provided free-of-charge by VF.
- For a period of five (5) years after the awarding of the Prize to the winner, the winner must: (i) Continue to teach or provide educational support to students between the ages of 5 and 18 in a school setting (unless due to natural retirement) and (ii) serve as Global Ambassador for VF. Serving as Global Ambassador for VF shall include but not be limited to attending events, speaking to the media, undertaking training and other commitments outside of working hours, on weekends and/or on holidays. (VF will pay for and arrange all travel and accommodation.)

Limit one application per Applicant.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General enquiries:
+44 (0) 20 7593 4040

Varkey Foundation office:
London, UK (Head Office)
2nd Floor, St Albans House
57-59 Haymarket
United Kingdom

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.