Sep 20, 2016

5 days to go! Nominate now for the 2017 Stockholm Water Prize!

Who would you like to see receive the Stockholm Water Prize in 2022? We welcome you to nominate your water hero for the 2022 prize, new nominations can be submitted between 23 March until 30 September 2021.

The Stockholm Water Prize recognizes women, men and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources.


Nominating process

Since its inception in 1991, the prize has been selected by the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee from a pool of professionals nominated by their peers. We welcome nominations from all parts of the world and strongly encourage the nomination of female candidates. Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have also represented a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world.

The Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee carefully reviews all submissions and creates a short list of candidates. The nominators of short listed candidates are requested to provide further supporting information regarding their nominee.

Eligibility requirements

A candidate for the Stockholm Water Prize shall have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources. The results achieved by the candidate shall have proven impact or great potential and provide stimulation for further important contributions to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health and well-being of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems. The main achievements of the candidate should be within one or both of the following categories:

Policy and Practices

This broad category covers achievements in the continuum from political initiatives to practical implementation that has improved the governance and management of water, as a natural and economic resource and/or as a human right and basic service. The category includes:

  • human rights, conflict resolution, influence on policies, international cooperation with application in the water sector
  • sustainable and safe management of water resources
  • provision of water supply and sanitation services
  • development and application of appropriate technologies


This category includes both basic and applied research to develop new knowledge of and scientific leadership in:

  • natural, physical, and/or technological processes
  • the functioning of complex systems
  • development or improvement of economical, legislative, institutional or administrative principles for efficient, equitable and sustainable water management and service provision.

For both categories, great achievements in outreach and awareness-raising are considered merits. This includes education and training of students, water professionals or communities as well as dissemination of information to and awareness-raising of decision-makers and the general public.

Anyone can submit a nomination for the Stockholm Water Prize, however, self-nominations or nominations by persons with direct professional or family ties to the candidate are not permitted. The initial nomination begins by submitting the name of the nominee along with a brief (500 words max.) statement of accomplishment.

Tips on how to nominate

A good nomination is key to communicating a candidate’s qualifications to the Stockholm Water Prize Nomination Committee.

The international Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee works with a two-step nomination process – after the first screening of the short nominations, the nominators of the selected candidates will be contacted and asked to submit a full nomination (a comprehensive compilation of the candidate’s accomplishments, CV, list of publications, evaluation reports etc and at least two letters of recommendation).

Tips for preparing nominations (short and full):

  • Represent your candidate – Poorly-prepared or incomplete nominations will not highlight the accomplishments of a candidate and places her/him at a disadvantage.
  • Help the Nomination Committee – Well-written and concise nominations allow the committee members to use their time effectively when evaluating candidates.
  • Provide sufficient but concise information 
  • Plan your argument – Outline your potential candidate’s qualifications, comparing them to the award criteria. This will make it easier to compose your argument. Be certain to address each of the criteria.
  • Fill out the nomination form completely – Make sure you have filled out all applicable fields in a legible manner.

Please note:

Nominations are confidential, and all award nomination materials are confidential.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

For more information on the nomination process, look at the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Mrs Katarina Andrzejewska at