Applications Are Open

Deadline May 19th, 2019 11:59 PM EDT.


About the Awards


The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000. The grand prize is $100,000 with two semi-finalist prizes at $50,000 each. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen and recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. “Ending extreme poverty is not a choice it's an obligation. My hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need," Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation Alex Waislitz.

The Waislitz foundation exists to create a positive social impact locally and globally through innovative projects that empower individuals to meet their full potential and make a measurable difference to the world.

Evaluation Criteria

All entrants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following four key areas:


  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

The grand prize Waislitz Global Citizen Award will be selected based on the four criteria listed above.

The semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award will be awarded to a runner up who excels in disruption and innovation and the semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award will be selected with input from public online voting by the Global Citizen community.

Prize Description

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000. The grand prize, the Waislitz Global Citizen Award is a cash prize of $100,000. The two semi-finalist prizes, the Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award, and the Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award are each cash prizes of $50,000.


In addition to the cash prizes, all three winners will receive:


  • Round trip airfare and accommodation in NYC to attend the Waislitz Global Citizen Award Ceremony and the Global Citizen Festival during the week of September 23 for themselves and a guest.
  • The opportunity to network with Global Citizen and the Waislitz Foundation partners during the week of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Two tickets to the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on September 28, 2019.

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FAQs

What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.

Who is Alex Waislitz?

Alex Waislitz is the founder of the Waislitz Foundation. The Waislitz foundation exists to create a positive social impact locally and globally through innovative projects that empower individuals to meet their full potential and make a measurable difference to the world.

Who is eligible to apply?

Entry to this Competition is open to entrants aged eighteen years of age or older from anywhere in the world.

Are the prizes for organizations as well as individuals?

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are for individuals or individual representatives of organizations.

What does the judging criterion “Global Citizenship” mean?

Please reference the Global Citizen Manifesto

When does the application open? When does it close? 

The application opens for submissions on April 12, 2019 and closes on May 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.

What is the evaluation criteria?

Entrants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following four (4) key areas

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen? (See Global Citizen manifesto)
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

What is the grand prize and how is the winner chosen?

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award grand prize is a cash prize of $100,000 USD.

Entrants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following four (4) key areas

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen? (See Global Citizen manifesto)
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

The grand prize winner will be selected by the Waislitz Foundation based on the 4 criteria listed above.

What are the semi-finalist prizes and how are the winners chosen?

The semi-finalists prizes are the Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award and the Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award. Each semi-finalist prize is a cash prize of 50,000 USD.

Entrants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following four (4) key areas

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen? (See Global Citizen manifesto)
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

The semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award will be awarded to a runner up who excels in disruption and innovation and the semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award will be selected with input from public online voting by the Global Citizen community.

When will I find out if I am a winner?

You will be notified of your application status by July 15, 2019.

If I am a winner, do I have to spend the award money a certain way?

No. Any award money is unconditional. However, we do require winners to agree to provide regular written updates to Global Citizen and the Waislitz Foundation on their use of the Prize.

If I am a winner, how will I get to New York?

In addition to the Prize, Global Citizen will pay for the following for each Prize Winner:

  • return economy airfares to New York City for each Prize Winner and a companion, with the flight originating from the Prize Winner’s nearest capital city;
  • hotel accommodation in New York City for each Prize Winner and a companion for the period of one day immediately prior to date of the Waislitz Global Citizen award ceremony through 29 September 2019 (if Prize Winner opts to attend the Global Citizen Festival);
  • a per diem of USD$100 per day for each full day that Prize Winner is in New York City to attend the Waislitz Global Citizen award ceremony and Global Citizen Festival; and
  • ground transportation to and from events hosted by Global Citizen, where the attendance of each Prize Winner is requested.

If I were to win, could I bring family / friends?

Each winner receives return economy airfares to New York City, hotel accommodation a ticket to the Global Citizen festival for themselves and a companion.

When and where is the Global Citizen Festival?

September 28, 2019 in Central Park in New York City

I know I can’t attend the Global Citizen Festival. Can I still apply?

Attending the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on September 28, 2019 is optional. However, to be eligible to win you must be able to attend the 2019 Waislitz Global Citizen award ceremony during the week of September 23, 2019 (exact date TBA).

Where can I ask questions not covered here?

If you have any questions that are not answered on the awards’ information page or in these FAQs, please email waislitzaward@globalcitizen.org. Regretfully, we will only be able to respond to questions not answered here.

Past Winners

2018

Kokesto Moeti, saw the potential of cell phones to amplify the voices of poor women to hold government to account. Working to turn every cell phone into an active citizenship tool, Koketso founded amandla.mobi, a movement of over 200,000 active citizens across South Africa who campaign against poverty.

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2017

Wilma Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste believes in persistence and practicality. Wilma has had a diverse career path – from being a tour guide and German language translator in the eighties, to a business journalist in the nineties, and for the past 16 years a pioneer in the Waste Management Industry. When not at work, Wilma likes to spend her time planting and nurturing trees, making compost and being around family.

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2016

Clarisse Uwineza, whose Environmental Protection and Organics organization focuses on converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda, said that her project will “help reduce waste and empower farmers to produce more food.” Her BIORGOFERT project converts bio-organic waste into an environmentally friendly and clean fertilizer.

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2015

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, won the 2015 prize for his work in making education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda. This includes developing schools but also helping the women - or “grandmothers” as he calls them - who raise these orphans.

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2014

Anoop Jain, the founder of Humanure Power, won the 2014 prize for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities. Anoop believes that building toilets addresses the underlying causes of poverty, which affect broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.

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