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Award to a USA, Canada, or International Individual
or Group to Recognize Humanitarian Efforts

2022 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

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Award to a USA, Canada, or International individual or group to recognize humanitarian efforts. The award is intended to honor the exceptional impact that the nominees' actions have made on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes in the face of adversity. The prize will be awarded annually in Armenia.

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is a global humanitarian award, whose mission is to recognize and support those who risk their own lives, health or freedom to save the lives, health or freedom of others suffering as a result of violent conflict, atrocity crimes or other major human rights violations. On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, an Aurora Prize Laureate is honored each year between 2015 and 2023 (in remembrance of the eight years of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1923) with an award, which gives the Laureate a unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving and to support the organizations that have inspired the humanitarian action.

Qualified organizations will operate on a not-for-profit basis and act in the public interest with a mission to benefit humankind. This could include, but is not limited to, providing relief to the poor, advancing education, improving social welfare, protecting women and children, preserving culture, preserving or restoring the environment, promoting human rights, establishing civil society and/or advancing healthcare.

The award funds are to be used for capital or service projects and may be paid in installments, in line with the agreements concluded with the Laureate and organization(s) designated by the Laureate and accepted by the Foundation. Each Aurora Humanitarian will have the opportunity to travel to Armenia for the prize announcement, with travel and hotel expenses reimbursed by the Foundation.

Nominations are carefully vetted and reviewed through a rigorous process. The Laureate is determined by the Selection Committee based on the following criteria: 

  • Courage: The extent to which the Nominee’s actions demonstrate:
    • Courage in helping others survive
    • Having overcome significant risks for the sake of helping others survive
    • Going beyond the call of duty of professional obligations for the sake of helping others survive 
  • Commitment: The extent to which the Nominee’s actions demonstrate:
    • An explicit intention to help others survive
    • A direct involvement in helping others survive
    • A commitment to common moral values such as integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility and compassion 
  • Impact: The extent to which the Nominee’s actions demonstrate:
    • An impact on saving lives
    • A long-term effect in saving lives
    • Inspiration to others to save lives, directly or indirectly
    • Saving lives of a large number of individuals 

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GrantWatch ID#: 189622

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Any person can submit a nomination for candidates they believe have overcome great personal challenges to help others.
- Any individual or group that perform(s) an extraordinary act of humanity may be nominated to receive the Aurora Prize. The Aurora Prize Laureate is recognized for the exceptional impact their actions have made in preserving human life in the face of adversity, risking their health, freedom, reputation, or livelihood.

The online nomination process is open to nominations worldwide.

Eligibility of Nominator:
Members of the public, as well as members of national assemblies, governments, academic institutions, and others, may nominate an individual or group of people for the Prize.

To maintain the integrity of the selection process and to prevent any possible conflicts of interest:
1. Self-nominations are not permitted.
2. You have provided full name and contact details. Should you be authorized to submit a nomination by an organization, you must provide contact details of such authorizing organization as well. Anonymous nominations are not accepted.
3. Should you be authorized to nominate on behalf of an organization, you must acknowledge this fact and submit a letter of authorization if requested by the Secretariat.

You are also asked to acknowledge if:
1. You are an officer or employee or any other individual receiving remuneration for your services from the Nominee.
2. You are a family member of an officer or employee of the Nominee.
3. You are affiliated with the Aurora Prize in any way (e.g. Secretariat, Selection Committee, Independent Observer (EY), Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Foundation, etc.) and are a family member of someone affiliated with the Aurora Prize (family member means mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son or spouse, including by marriage, regardless where they live; or persons who reside in the same household, whether related or not).

Eligibility of the Nominee:
The Nominees can be individuals or groups of people as long as they meet the following requirements:
1. They are alive (the Aurora Prize is not given posthumously);
2. They have not been awarded the Aurora Prize before as a Prize Laureate and have not been named Aurora Humanitarians (or finalists) in previous Prize cycle;
3. They, when being a group of people, are not a formally established organization of any legal nature;
4. They have never undertaken or participated in inhumane activities (including acts of war, genocide, any terrorist / extremist activity), do not hold and / or publicly declare any extremist views, have never been found guilty of committing violent crimes;
5. They do not negate crimes committed against humanity through the history of mankind (including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and other massacres;
6. They are not officers, employees or family members of any of the Secretariat, Selection Committee, Independent Observer or Foundation members and employees.

Nominees are not limited to those who work within the humanitarian field. The Aurora Prize recognizes worthy recipients from any background who have faced significant risks to health, freedom, reputation or livelihood and voluntarily carried out actions to enable others to survive and thrive. Nominations may span a broad range of sectors in the non-profit field, including economic development, public health, religion, law/justice/human rights, education and capacity building.

By submitting a nomination, you agree that:
- You are nominating in your personal capacity OR if you submit this nomination as a representative of an organization, you are authorized to submit the nomination on behalf of that organization;
- You are at least 21 years old and are not restricted by law from making this nomination and agreeing to this agreement.

Pre-Application Information:

Until October 31, 2021, any person can submit a nomination.
The 2022 Aurora Humanitarians (Finalists) will be announced on April 24, 2022.

For additional information, and the nomination review process, see Aurora Prize Nomination Terms and Conditions:


Contact Information:

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

Nomination form:

If you have any questions about these Terms & Conditions or your interaction with the Website, please contact

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
6 Marshal Baghramyan Avenue
0019 Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

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