$100,000 St Andrews Prize for the Environment now open

Monday 7 March 2022

The University of St Andrews launches its annual global Prize for the Environment today (Monday 7 March).

The St Andrews Prize is a US$100,000 environmental initiative led by the University of St Andrews that recognises global projects which make significant contributions to environmental issues and concerns, with a focus on sustainability, conservation, biodiversity and community development.

Applications are now invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams, or community groups from around the world for the 2022 Prize. The Prize winner will receive US$100,000 and two runner(s)-up will each receive US$25,000.

Now in its twenty-fourth year, the St Andrews Prize was established by the University to reward and promote the most significant global contributions to environmental conservation and sustainable development.

The Prize has awarded more than US$2 million in funding to environmental projects around the world, supporting a wide range of initiatives that address diverse topics including sustainable development, food security, recycling, health, renewable energy and community education.

Since its inception, the Prize has attracted more than 6000 entries from across the world. It has provided crucial support to a diverse range of projects which have reduced human-animal conflict, promoted environmental justice, developed new solutions to reduce and eliminate waste, and championed urban regeneration.

To enter the 2022 Prize applicants should complete the online entry form on the St Andrews Prize for the Environment website.


Entries to the Prize are particularly welcome from projects that are global, local and/or scalable, outlining how they will socially and economically impact the communities where they are based.

The closing date for entries is Monday 18 April 2022.

The chosen finalists will be invited to attend the St Andrews Prize for the Environment seminar, which will take place at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November 2022.

Finalists must attend the seminar to present in person.

The submissions for the Prize will be assessed by a panel of experienced Trustees from science, industry, and government.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chair of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment Trustees, said: “The St Andrews Prize provides a unique opportunity to those who are driving innovative solutions to tackle the climate emergency.

“The world now, more than ever, needs innovation and leadership around the climate crisis. The St Andrews Prize is an excellent conduit to develop and showcase the breadth of knowledge, creativity, and leadership in global sustainability.”

St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone said: “The St Andrews Prize is a leading light in tackling the global climate emergency, supporting projects around the world that make a real difference to the communities and countries in which they operate.

“As a world-leading university, it is our responsibility to use and share our expertise, skills and knowledge for the greater good of humanity. The Prize is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the strengths and interests of our university with the people championing imaginative environmental change.

“Those who compete for this Prize have consistently inspired us, and it has never been more important for us, as global citizens, to play our part in supporting creative solutions to the greatest existential crisis facing the world today.”


Full details about the Prize, the entry process and the eligibility criteria are available on the website or by emailing the St Andrews Prize for the  Environment office at prize@st-andrews.ac.uk.

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first and oldest university. It stands for research and teaching of the highest quality, and the pursuit of knowledge for the common good. The University aims to be a beacon for diversity, social inclusion, and social responsibility. These values are articulated in the University Strategy, which expresses ambitions across four distinct but equally important themes: World-leading St Andrews, Diverse St Andrews, Global St Andrews, and Entrepreneurial St Andrews.

About the St Andrews Prize for the Environment

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is a major international initiative led by the University of St Andrews that recognises and supports innovative and inspirational responses to environmental challenges, including the climate crisis.

The University is grateful to everyone who is supporting the 2022 St Andrews Prize for the Environment and particularly the consortium of donors.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

Category Sustainability

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