Peace Education



The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual Peace Education Prize to an outstanding scholar, practitioner or policymaker.  Established in 2007 by Fuad and Nancy El-Hibri, the Prize recognizes individuals for their noteworthy or influential contributions to the field of peace education. The Prize carries a $30,000 award and is presented at an annual event in Washington, D.C.

 To date, nine individuals have been awarded the Prize:

Download the 2015 Peace Education Prize Brochure.

Selection Criteria 

The Prize is designed for individuals who have:

  • Demonstrated the effectiveness or impact of peace education initiatives or programs as a tool of peace building;
  • Raised public awareness about the positive impact of peace education programs and activities;
  • Encouraged the widespread adoption or integration of peace education values and curricula, activities or programs in schools or community settings.

Eligible nominees or applicants may come from diverse backgrounds from around the world: 

  • Scholars/Researchers in diverse fields who have produced influential research demonstrating the effectiveness of peace education or its building blocks (such as social emotional learning);
  • Teachers or administrators who have advanced peace education in school or university settings;
  • Social change activists who have promoted peace education in communities or used innovative methods, such as social media, to spread it widely;
  • Policymakers who have championed peace education successfully.

Laureates are also selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Productivity: Having produced significant and tangible outputs, such as books, articles, seminars, campaigns or established important organizations;
  • Innovation: Having developed creative or novel techniques and approaches or cross-disciplinary collaborations that demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of peace education through methods of evaluation; or
  • Influence: Having their approaches, techniques or products widely used by others to promote better understanding about, or improved delivery of, peace education. 

Priority consideration is also given to applicants or nominees still in the midst of active careers with the potential to make future contributions to peace education.

Click here for the nomination form.

How Does It Work?

The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize is implemented in partnership with Nonviolence International (NI), which manages an independent review process on behalf of the Foundation. Members of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Selection Committee, currently chaired by NI President Mubarak Awad, include experts in the field of peace education and previous Prize Laureates. The selection process may include interviews with references familiar with the nominee’s unique contributions to the field of peace education.   

All Laureates are selected from written applications submitted either by an individual applying for the Prize or nominating another person. All nominations must be submitted online. Click here for the online application form.

Time Frame 

In 2015, the nominations process were open from March 16th until May 17th.  The nomination form is available online only during this period.   

The Prize is awarded at a ceremony in the Fall.

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