FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Global Teacher Prize

  • Who can apply for the Prize?

    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. 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. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.

    For more information on who can apply for the prize please visit our judging criteria and terms and conditions pages:

  • Is it possible to go back and edit your application?

    There is a “save and continue later” function for applicants who have not finished to pause and come back to the application later. When you choose this option, you will be emailed a unique link to your application to come back to it and finish. Once applications are submitted, however, they cannot be edited.

  • How would I know if I’ve qualified in the Top 50?

    If you have shortlisted into the Top 50 finalists, you will receive an email from us notifying you. However, if you do not receive an email by December 2018, it unfortunately means you have not made through to the Top 50 finalists.

  • Can I apply in my native language?

    Currently the languages we accept applications in are English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

  • Can we apply offline/send things in?

    Unfortunately, all applications and nominations must be done online through our website. Anything sent to us via post or email will not be accepted as a valid application or be taken into consideration alongside an online application.

  • How many years of experience do you need?

    We do not have a specific level of experience required for applicants. However, please look at our criteria page for more information.

  • Does the winner receive the prize money all at once?

    The prize money will be paid in equal annual installments over a period of ten years. For anymore information, please check our terms and conditions.

  • When is the Global Teacher Prize announced?

    The winner is announced in March 2019 during the Global Education and Skills Forum which is held in Dubai.

  • What is the selection process for the Top 50/10 finalists?

    Once applications are submitted, they will be scored and read by a panel of online judges who will select the Top 50 finalists. The prize committee will then select the Top 10 finalists. Then the Global Teacher Prize Academy will select the winner through a secure online voting system. Please note, applicants will only be judged based on the information requested on their application forms. No material posted or emailed separately to us will be looked at during the judging process.

  • Do you have to teach in a formal classroom?

    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. 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. The Prize is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.
    For more information on who can apply for the prize please visit our judging criteria and terms and conditions pages.

  • Who chooses the Global Teacher Prize winner?

    There is a committee of judges (Prize Committee) who select the Top 10 finalists and then our esteemed Academy Members will select the winner.

     

  • Will I be told if my application is unsuccessful?

    If you do not hear back from us by December 2018, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in progressing through to the Top 50.

  • Will I be told if I am in the TOP 50?

    The Top 50 will be notified by December 2018.

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