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The Global Teacher Prize

$1 Million to Celebrate One Outstanding Teacher


Deadline To Apply: October 12th, 2014


Thank you for all your nominations and applications and for sharing the Global Teacher Prize with your networks. We have read some fantastic applications and the Top 50 candidates will be announced on 8th December along with their profiles and achievements. The Top 10 will be announced in mid-February 2015. The winner of the Global Teacher Prize will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on 16th March 2015. We will also be awarding special commendations to outstanding teachers around the world.

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. Teachers currently teaching children in a compulsory setting or between the ages 5-18 are eligible.

The prize and benefits:

• Potential for national and international recognition of your achievements — Special Commendation for outstanding applicants in each region
• Potential to be invited to the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015 in Dubai as one of 10 Finalists
• Potential to win the Global Teacher Prize and receive prize of US$1 million
• Potential to have the Varkey Foundation make introductions to organisations who may be able to support relevant projects submitted by applicants.

Application submissions are now closed. Due to the volume of applications we have received, unfortunately we are unable to contact you personally if you have not reached the Top 50.


Applications for the 2015 Prize are now closed.
Applicants of the prestigious Global Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria aimed to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The Academy will look for evidence of:
  • Recognition of a teacher's achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
  • Preparing children to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
  • Employing innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
  • Developing and sharing innovative thought leadership that has improved access to quality teaching and education for children of all backgrounds.
  • Contributing to public debates on raising the bar of the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.
  • Accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession.
  • Encouraging others to join the teaching profession.



Applications will be judged by the Global Teacher Prize Academy

The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.


The Global Teacher Prize is brought to you by Varkey Foundation.

To learn more about Varkey Foundation, please visit www.varkeygemsfoundation.org

The Varkey Foundation