UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences


The UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences was created to foster scientific progress, science popularization, and international cooperation in the basic sciences. It also commemorates the remarkable scientific heritage of D. I. Mendeleev, father of the Periodic Table, whose work played a fundamental role in the future of chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and geochemistry – but also in what is now termed sustainable development.

It is awarded annually to two individual award-winners for their breakthrough discoveries, outstanding innovations, and avid promotion of the basic sciences, driving or with potential to drive in the future, socio-economic transformation and development of human societies. The Prize consists of a monetary reward of US $250,000 for each of the two winners. A gold medal and a diploma are given to each of the recipients.

The Prize aims to be gender transformative in line with UNESCO’s Global Priority on Gender Equality, and the candidatures of women scientists are encouraged.


Eligibility Criteria

The Prize is awarded to candidates whose scientific achievements are conducive to socio-economic transformation and impact development on a regional or global scale based on:

  • Excellence in research in the fields of basic sciences;
  • Basic sciences education and popularization;
  • International or regional cooperation in the basic sciences.

There is no age limit for the candidates.

Candidatures of women scientists are encouraged.

Who can submit nominations?

The nominations can be submitted by the following entities:

No self-nomination shall be considered.

How to submit nominations?

The call for nominations is open until 15 March 2022.
Nominations can only be submitted electronically through the following online dedicated template: https://en.unesco.org/stem/basic-sciences-prize/apply

Nominations must be completed in full in English or French.

The deadline for nominations is 15 March 2022.

Nominations that are incomplete or received after the deadline shall not be considered.

Selection process

The International Mendeleev Prize’s Team reviews all applications received before the deadline and transmits the eligible applications to the Jury of the Prize.

The Jury meets once a year to assess the applications.

The Prize shall be awarded by the Director-General or her representative to the individual winners during an official ceremony held for that purpose in alternation at UNESCO’s premises at Headquarters and in the Russian Federation.