UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

About the prize

The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is UNESCO’s oldest prize, created in 1951 following a donation from Mr Bijoyanand Patnaik, Founder and President of the Kalinga Foundation Trust in India.


The Kalinga Prize rewards the contribution of an individual, institution, non-governmental organization (NGO) or other entity that has made a significant contribution to the popularization of science or technology and has helped interpret science and technology for the public and contributed to bridging the gap between science and society.

This science popularization can include all forms of media communication.

The individual/institution/NGO is expected to be knowledgeable of the role of science, technology and general research in the improvement of the public welfare, the enrichment of the cultural heritage of nations and solutions to the current global challenges.


The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is awarded biennially.

The Prize is funded by the Kalinga Foundation Trust, the Government of the State of Orissa, and the Government of India (Department of Science and Technology).


The award consists of a cheque for the amount of the prize US$40,000, an award certificate, and the UNESCO-Albert Einstein silver medal. The laureate will also receive the Kalinga Chair as established by the Government of India (Department of Science and Technology) which comprises a certificate and cash award of US$5,000.

The laureate will be invited to travel to India (travel and accommodation will be provided by the Government of India), for a two to four-week tour to interact with scientists and science communicators.

The Prize-winner will be provided with appropriate facilities to familiarize herself/himself with Indian life and culture, Indian
research and educational institutions, and the development of India’s industry and economy.

The laureate will also be invited to visit Indian universities, and attend meetings within India’s scientific societies, particularly those of the Indian Science Congress Association.

While in India, the Prize-winner will be asked to deliver lectures in English, and to take part in meetings in order to present recent progress in science and technology as well as the social, cultural and educational impacts of modern science.

Nomination process

The Prize rewards persons who have devoted their career to interpreting science, research and technology for the general public.

Profile of the nominees

  • Candidates shall have made a significant contribution to the popularization of science. The Prize may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations;

  • The applicants does not need to have a science degree;

  • This prize does not reward research;

  • This prize does not reward formal teaching (at school/university), nor curriculum development for the formal learning sector;

  • If a work being rewarded has been produced by two or three persons, the prize shall be awarded to them jointly. The prize may not be shared by more than three persons.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

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