The Global Teachers Prize trophy.


$1M Global Teacher Prize now open to nominations

The UAE-based Global Teacher Prize is now open to nominations for the world’s best teacher.

The award, now on its eight year, is considered the biggest of its kind, with a prize money of $1 million for the winner. The award is organised by the Varkey Foundation in collaboration with Unesco and in strategic partnership with Dubai Cares.

Global Teacher Prize awardee Keishia Thorpe urged the public to nominate “dedicated teachers throughout the UAE”.

“I call on parents and pupils to nominate the great educators in their lives. They deserve to have their stories heard and for the world to know about all they have accomplished,” Thorpe said.


The Global Teacher Prize is open to working teachers in any school around the world with students between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who teach children age 4+ in an Early Years government-recognised curriculum are also eligible, as well as part-time teachers and teachers of online courses. Teachers must spend at least 10 hours per week teaching and plan to remain in the profession for the next five years.


Nominees will be assessed on teaching practices, how they innovate to address local challenges, achieve demonstrable learning outcomes, impact the community beyond the classroom, help children become global citizens, improve the teaching profession and gain recognition from external bodies.

How to apply

Applicants can submit their nomination to on or before May 28, 2023.

If teachers are nominated, the person nominating them will write a brief description online explaining why. The teacher being nominated will then be sent an email letting them know they have been nominated and inviting them to apply for the prize. Applicants can apply in English, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

The selection process

The prize will be narrowed down to a Top 50 shortlist and Top 10 finalists, to be announced later in the year. The winner will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy, made up of prominent individuals. ICA/Expat Media

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