UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2022 (Up to $250,000)

The UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2022 is now accepting applications.

The Mendeleev International Prize in the Fundamental Sciences was established by UNESCO and Russia in order to promote scientific development, science popularization, and international collaboration in the basic sciences.

It also honors D. I. Mendeleev, the father of the Periodic Table, whose work had a significant impact on the future of chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and geochemistry – as well as what is today known as sustainable development.

It is given to two individuals each year for their groundbreaking discoveries, exceptional innovations, and zealous promotion of the fundamental sciences, which are driving or have the potential to drive socio-economic change and the growth of human communities in the future.


  • Each of the two winners will get a monetary award of $250,000 as part of the prize.
  • Each of the honorees receives a gold medal and a certificate.

UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize | Eligibility Criteria

  • The Prize is given to candidates whose scientific contributions have a positive influence on regional or global growth and are favorable to socioeconomic reform.
  • Research excellence in the domains of basic sciences;
  • Education and popularization of basic sciences;
  • In the basic sciences, international or regional collaboration is possible.
  • The applicants have no upper age restriction.
  • Women scientists are encouraged to apply.


The following organizations are eligible to submit nominations:

  • Member States’ governments, in collaboration with their National Commissions
  • Non-governmental organizations that have formal UNESCO relationships and are involved in subjects related to the Prize
  • UNESCO Chairs
  • Centers in Category 2
  • Scientific societies from throughout the world
  • Universities

There will be no consideration for self-nominations.

How to Apply for the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize

Nominations must be submitted electronically using a specific web template. Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2022.

To register, go to this link.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Visit the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev Prize website for more information.

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