2018 World Cultural Council Awards



The World Cultural Council acknowledges individuals or institutions that have made outstanding achievements in science, education and the arts through three internationally prestigious awards:

  1. The Albert Einstein World Award of Science (awarded annually) was created as a means of recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind. The winner of the award is elected by the Interdisciplinary Committee, which is composed of world renowned scientists, among them 25 Nobel laureates. The award consists of a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and $10,000 USD.
  2. The Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts (awarded in odd years) has been established as a means of acknowledgment to those who offer a positive message to mankind through different expressions of art. It is conferred upon a renowned artist, sculptor, writer, poet, cinematographer, photographer, architect, musician or other performing artist, whose work constitutes a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of the world. The qualifying jury is constituted of internationally renowned artists, authorities, and members of the World Cultural Council. The prize consists of a diploma, a commemorative medal and $10,000 USD.
  3. Jose Vasconcelos World Award of Education (awarded in even years) has been established as an acknowledgment of those who have the all important labour of teaching the underlying basis of our present civilization. It is granted to renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind. The qualifying jury is formed by several members of the Interdisciplinary Committee and a group of distinguished educators. The World Award of Education grants a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and $10,000 USD.

In 2017, nominations will be received for the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the Jose Vasconcelos World Award of Education. Please notify the contact below of any planned nomination for a University of Toronto faculty member.

Contact Information

Monica Caverson
Manager, University Awards & Honours
monica.caverson@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-7905

This database lists major national and international awards only. For a more comprehensive listing of awards across disciplines and for all stages of the career, please visit the COS Pivot database when logged into the U of T system. In the advanced search, select “Prizes and Awards” as the funding type.

If you intend to submit a nomination, please notify the award contact as soon as possible. The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation offers guidance on submitting awards nominations, in collaboration with divisional offices and affiliated institutions. In some cases, an internal competition will be held to select an institutional nominee.

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