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UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022


Nominations are open for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022. Every year, UNHCR searches for a person or an organisation with exceptional dedication and commitment in supporting people who are refugees, internally displaced or stateless. That person or group wins the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

UNHCR Advertisement

  • Position(s): Several
  • Applications closing Date: February 20, 2022
  • Vacancy Type: Permanent/Temporary.
  • Application Type: Award
  • Company Name: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


  • The laureate or the winning organisation receives $150,000 to invest in their humanitarian work.
  • Additionally, four regional winners from each global region outside of the laureate’s region are selected and honoured with a certificate and a local event.


  • Any individual, group of people or organization that has displayed extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, displaced or stateless peoples is eligible to be nominated.
  • Former and current UNHCR staff, including United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) working for UNHCR offices, are ineligible.
  • Anyone may submit a candidate for the Nansen Refugee Award. They welcome the nomination of any deserving individual, group or organization. Finalists from the previous year are still eligible.
  • Self-nominations are strongly discouraged.


Every Nansen Refugee Award laureate and regional winners spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced:

  • The nominee’s work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities;
  • The nominee’s work demonstrates courage – they might at times face a personal risk for his/her/their work;
  • The nominee’s work has a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people;
  • The work is connected to a major displacement issue or situation.

How to Apply

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