On my research trips for the Right Livelihood Award, I encounter some terrible aspects of life on our planet today. But I also meet the people working to solve these problems. I have seen the devastating aftermath of oil production on the lands of the Ogoni in Nigeria. But I have also seen how a poetry festival in the streets of Medellín in Colombia, a city formerly known for its terror and violence, can bring about the best in people.
To see this, to experience the positive results of people's commitment, gives me hope that a better world is indeed possible.

Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director

Selection Process

The Foundation receives proposals from all around the world. Our completely open nomination process allows projects from Global South countries and grassroots activists have the same chance of being nominated as, for example, a scholar or organisation from the Global North. Through this open process, the Foundation gets a sense of what people around the world perceive as the most urgent problems – and who develops ways to solve them.


Each year, we tend to process upwards of 100 nominations for the Right Livelihood Award. After careful research by the Foundation’s research team, reports on the current nominations are submitted to the Foundation’s board and international Jury. The Jury meets annually in September to select the year’s Recipients. The year’s Laureates are then announced at a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden.


How to Nominate a Candidate for the Award?

Anyone – except Right Livelihood Award jury and staff members – can nominate anyone (individuals or organisations), except themselves, close relatives or their own organisations to be considered for a Right Livelihood Award. The Right Livelihood Foundation reserves the right to refuse clearly unsuitable proposals. Normally, the Foundation makes three Cash awards and one Honorary Award each year. The cash awards are intended for work in progress or the extension of existing activities; they are never given for personal use.

Nominations for the 2020 Right Livelihood Award closed on 4th March, we are therefore unable to accept any further candidates for consideration this year.

We will open the online forms for nominations for the 2021 Right Livelihood Award later this year. The timing of the opening of next year’s nomination process will be announced by the Foundation closer to the time. We encourage you to keep checking our social media channels for developments or write to us at for further questions.

Guidelines for Candidates

For an idea of the information that is required from a candidate in order to complete the nomination, please read the following document:

Information required from the candidate

Información sobre el candidato

Informations requises par le Candidat

All information required from nominators can be found in the online nomination form.

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