Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Allard Prize for International Integrity?
A. The Allard Prize for International Integrity is a CAD $100,000 prize awarded biennially to an individual, movement or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption or protecting human rights, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law. Additional prizes may also be awarded.

Q. When was the first Allard Prize presentation made?
A. The inaugural Prize was presented on September 25, 2013, along with the originally designed Allard Prize Award, a symbol of the Prize.

Q. How can I make a nomination?
A. Please refer to the Submit Nominations page.

Q. Who has won this Prize?
A. Please refer to the Recipients and Honourable Mentions page.

Q. Are there rules related to how the prize money must be spent?
A. Not generally. We would prefer that the prize money be spent on continuing the recipient’s efforts to combat corruption. However, we recognize the numerous sacrifices often made in choosing a sometimes unpopular and often dangerous and less lucrative path, and therefore we will generally leave the use of funds to the recipient’s discretion.

Q. Should nominees be made aware that their name is being put forward?
A. Generally, we prefer that nominees give their permission to be nominated to protect their privacy and security. However, the Allard Prize Committee will contact nominees before publishing any information about them, and therefore it is not absolutely necessary that a nominee be aware of their nomination.

Q. How will the recipient be selected?
A. Once nominations are received they will enter a preliminary screening process by which nominations will be narrowed to a shortlist. In this process, the Allard Prize Committee reserves the right to seek further information from nominees, nominators and outside sources or to make such further inquiries it sees fit, and to decline to consider a nomination where the information available is, in the Committee's opinion, insufficient. Advice may be sought from the Allard Prize Advisory Board comprised of individuals with expertise or experience in promoting transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law, the qualities that define the Allard Prize for International Integrity. The shortlist will be determined on the basis of the Prize criteria. Once the shortlist has been created, further advice will be sought from the Advisory Board. The Allard Prize winner and any honourable mention recipients are chosen by the Allard Prize Selection Subcommittee. The Committee also reserves the right to determine that no Allard Prize will be granted in the absence of a suitable candidate.

Q. To what extent must the recipient make themselves available for press and publicity?
A. The recipient will be expected to travel to Vancouver, Canada to receive the Prize. We will pay reasonable expenses associated with this travel. The recipient will also be expected to respond to a limited number of media requests and actively participate in the efforts of the Allard Prize Committee to promote the recipient’s work.

Q. Who can submit a nomination?
A. There are no restrictions on who may submit a nominee for consideration. Nominations may come from anywhere including but not limited to  members of the Allard Prize Committee, self nominations or a nomination from within an organization being nominated.

Q. Is there a minimum or maximum age limit or any other limiting characteristics for who may receive the Allard Prize?
A. No, the Prize will serve to recognize those combating corruption, regardless of age, nationality, background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, occupation, or other personal characteristics.

Q. If I have submitted a nomination in the past do I have to resubmit a nomination for the nominee to be considered the next time the Allard Prize is awarded?
A. Yes. While previously nominated candidates are eligible to be considered each time the Prize is awarded, a new nomination form must be submitted each time.

Q. Is anyone ineligible to receive the Allard Prize?
A. Members of the Allard Prize Committee and the Allard Prize Advisory Board may not be awarded the Prize during their terms as members and for one year following the end of their terms. Immediate family members of both the Committee and the Advisory Board are also ineligble.

Q. How do you secure the nomination information you receive?
A. The Allard Prize nomination process is carried out in compliance with applicable laws on privacy of data collection, use and storage. Personal data is collected only for the purpose of the nomination, selection, and promotion process and will be disclosed only to members of the Allard Prize Committee, the Advisory Board, staff and publicity team.

Q. Where can I access information on the photography used on the site?
A. Information on all of the photographs can be viewed on the Galleries page.

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
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