The application and nomination process for the 2021 Global Teacher Prize and the inaugural Global Student Prize has now closed. The Top 50 Finalists will be announced in late August 2021.
The Varkey Foundation has launched the Global Student Prize this year, a US$50,000 sister award to the Global Teacher Prize, to create a powerful new platform to highlight the efforts of extraordinary students throughout the world that are making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond. 

Together, the Global Teacher Prize and the Global Student Prize will tell inspirational stories from both sides of education. The prizes will shine a spotlight on the great work teachers do in preparing young people for the future and the amazing promise the brightest students are showing in their learning and far beyond.

Teachers applying for the Global Teacher Prize will be assessed on teaching practices, how they innovate to address local challenges, achieve demonstrable learning outcomes, impact the community beyond the classroom, help children become global citizens, improve the teaching profession and gain recognition from external bodies. 

Students applying for the Global Student Prize will be assessed on their academic achievement, impact on their peers, how they make a difference in their community and beyond, how they overcome the odds to achieve, how they demonstrate creativity and innovation, and how they operate as global citizens.

Last year, Indian village teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, who transformed the life chances of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, India, was named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO.
Read more about Ranjit's work here.

The US$45,000 COVID Hero Award, supported by CVC Capital Partners, was given to UK Maths teacher Jamie Frost, whose free DrFrostMaths became a lifeline for students shut out of classrooms all around the world. Read more about Jamie's work here 

About the Varkey Foundation

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About the Global Student Prize

The Global Student Prize is a US$50,000 award presented to an exceptional student, making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond.

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Ranjitsinh Disale 2020

Indian village teacher, who transformed the life chances of young girls is our 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner