Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Charles Bronfman Prize look for in nominees?
The Charles Bronfman Prize seeks to honor today’s Jewish heroes: Next generation leaders under the age of 50 who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way, and who have created a mechanism for acting on that vision and delivered measurable results. Past recipients have distinguished themselves through their work in genetics, the environment, medical education, humanitarian relief, the transformation of public education and human rights.

Will the Prize accept nominations who are 50 years of age or older?
No. The Charles Bronfman Prize seeks to honor young humanitarian leaders and provide inspiration to the next generations. Therefore, nominees should not have reached their 50th birthday by the closing date for nominations, January 15th, 2015.

Does The Prize require nominees to be Jewish?
Yes. Since the core of this award is to celebrate the unique connection between Jewish values and humanitarian endeavor, we felt that this was a valid parameter worthy of focus within the emerging field of humanitarian awards. Namely, that nominees should self-define as being Jewish – however that manifests itself to the individual nominee. This distinguishes this award from others and is in line with the original vision of The Prize founders.

Does the endeavor my nominee has initiated need to be Jewish?
No. The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the intersection of Jewish values, and universal humanitarian endeavors. While nominees must self-identify as Jewish, their endeavors may be universal, contributing to the betterment of the world at large.

Can I nominate myself for the Prize?
No. All nominations must be presented by a nominating team consisting of a Nominator and three References. Through their respective prisms they can present you and your work most effectively against the selection criterion. The Nominator is the point of contact between the Prize, the Nominee and the nominating team during the nomination and evaluation process.

Can I submit more than three letters of reference on behalf of my nominee?
No. Please submit only what is requested on the nomination form. In fairness to the cohort of Prize nominees, only three letters of reference can be accepted. Please note that, if more than three letters of reference are submitted, only the first three references listed on the nomination form will be acknowledged and passed forward for evaluation.

Does the Prize consider late nominations?
No. All nominations must be received in the Prize office no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015. Nominations move forward for consideration together as soon as the nomination process closes. In fairness to the cohort of Prize nominees, late nominations will neither be considered nor acknowledged. We encourage Nominators to consider applying next year if they have missed this year’s deadline. 

Will our nomination be acknowledged?
Yes. All nominations will be acknowledged in writing, by email to all members of the nominating team, with a copy to the Nominee.

When will we know the outcome?
All nominating teams and nominees will be notified if they have not been successful in the late spring. The Prize recipient will be announced in early June.

Can we re-nominate our candidate?
Yes. A nominee may be presented a maximum of three times in any given five year period. You can request that parts of an old nomination be reactivated. However, in fairness to your nominee, we strongly advise that the Nominator's letter and the curriculum vitae be updated so that the Prize can be made aware of the recent accomplishments of your nominee.

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