Apply for the Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is a one million dollar award that is given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The Varkey Foundation established the Prize in 2014 to raise the stature of the teaching profession. We seek to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future.

The award, widely referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for teaching’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The Prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolises the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

Why apply for the Global Teacher Prize?

  • National and international recognition of your achievements – Special Commendations for Top 50 outstanding applicants
  • Invitation to the Global Education and Skills Forum 2017 in Dubai as one of 10 Finalists
  • Potential to win the Global Teacher Prize and receive a Prize fund of US$1 million


Applicants of the Global Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. Click here to view the criteria on the Judging Criteria page.


To find out more about the eligibility for applicants, please visit our Terms & Conditions page.

The closing date for applications is 14th October 2016, and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum March 2017 in Dubai.