The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in Education

The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize

The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education is now accepting applications. The topic of the 2019 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advances in neuroscience have the ability to improve teaching methodologies, support lifelong learning and personalize learning through multiple aspects, as well as propel and accelerate the discovery of new delivery methods of education. In keeping with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO and its partners aim to investigate the efficient and ethical use of AI apps to decrease obstacles to access to education and optimize learning procedures with a perspective to improving learning results.

In 2019, The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize will reward AI-powered alternatives as well as AI neuroscience apps aimed at improving teaching results, empowering educators and enhancing the delivery of educational services, while advocating for inclusive and equitable use of these techniques in education.


  • Any individual, institution, or non-governmental organization (NGO) with an established ongoing project relevant to the specific theme of the year i.e. that uses AI-powered solutions to enhance education, improve learning outcomes or empower teachers.

The nominated projects/programmes should be ongoing for at least 6 months

  • Be relevant to the specific theme of the year
  • Be innovative, specifically in the application of AI
  • Demonstrate measurable positive and sustainable impact in the lives of the targeted beneficiaries
  • Provide evidence for potential replicability and scalability.


  • The Director-General of UNESCO will select two winners based on the suggestions of a global jury, and each recipient will receive a prize of US$ 25,000 and a diploma during a ceremony in Paris.

Application Procedure

The applicants should first create an account and then fill in an online form via the online platform.

See detailed user guide and instructions.

For the application to be considered, it should be nominated by either the National Commission of the UNESCO Member State or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.

All applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the NGO or National Commission ahead of the application process. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Governments of UNESCO Member States, as well as NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, are invited to elicit and nominate up to three projects, which are in line with the 2019 theme and meet the selection criteria.

For more information contact:

Deadline:31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time).


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