Questions? Please contact:

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Asia Society
Education Department

725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Deadline for Applications?
We are now accepting applications for the 2008 elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes. Follow the links in the next question below to apply.

The application deadline for the 2008 Youth prize has passed.

What are the categories for applications? What programs are eligible?
The Youth Prize will award five high school students with up to $10,000 each. Winners in all other categories will be awarded $25,000 each.

  • High School Youth Prize
    Five high school students who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key issues in international affairs and the global economy. The winners will receive up to $10,000 each.
  • Elementary/Middle School Prize
    An elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures and languages. The winner will receive $25,000.

  • High School Prize
    A secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations. The winner will receive $25,000.

  • Media/Technology Prize
    A program within a U.S. based public or private for-profit or non-profit organization that has developed outstanding programs that use media/technology to educate students or teachers about other world regions and cultures, or international issues. The winner will receive $25,000.

  • State Prize
    A state or one of the 100 largest school districts that is actively promoting the development of international knowledge and skills on a wide scale through the creation of robust policies and specific programming initiatives. The winner will receive $25,000.

Who may apply?
Please click on any category above
to view eligibility rules for a specific prize. Past winners are not eligible to apply again.

My school/program applied for a prize in an earlier prize cycle. Are we eligible to apply again? Do we need to resubmit an application?
Yes, with the exception of past winners, all prior applicants are eligible to apply again. All applicants must resubmit an application using the online system.

Are applications from schools or organizations outside the United States accepted?
No. The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education were created to recognize youth, schools, district/states, and media/technology organizations that raise the level of knowledge and understanding among American students about the rest of the world. While programs based abroad may complement the aims of this awards program, they are not eligible for the prizes.

Are programs that meet the prize criteria, but do not fit in a specific category, such as summer camps, student exchanges, or afterschool programs eligible for the prizes?
While we understand the importance of innovation outside the defined prize categories in helping to raise the level of international knowledge and skills among American students, the prizes were created with the specific objective of recognizing innovation in the defined areas: youth engagement, K-12 schools, district/state policy, and media/technology.

What are the application fees?
There are no application fees.

What supporting materials are needed?
All Youth Prize submissons must be accompanied by a bibliography. Supporting materials in all other categories are optional and must be sumitted as part of your online application.
A list of acceptable supporting materials is included in the online application.

Can you help me with the online application?
Before contacting us, here are some common problems and solutions:

  • The online application already has my e-mail address on file.
    The system keeps track of previous applications through unique e-mail addresses. The best solution is to use another e-mail address when applying for the 2008 Prizes.
  • The online application will not upload my document.
    Please make sure the document is .doc, .rtf, or .pdf formats. Some Windows versions will save documents with a .docx extension; if this is the case, simply use the 'Save As..." function to save the document as a .doc. If your upload is timing out, please minimize or delete some graphics.

When will the winners be announced?
The youth prize winners will be announced in November 2008.

Winners of the 2008 elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes will be announced in March 2009.

How will I know if my application has been received and processed?
You will automatically receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. A panel of experts will review every application that we receive.

How do I contact The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education?
Please direct all inquiries to:

[email protected]

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021



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