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The Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen are inviting applications for the 2019 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, an annual awards program that champions changemakers in the global fight to end extreme poverty and which aims, by so doing, to inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need.

The semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award will be awarded to a runner-up who excels in disruption and innovation and the semi-finalist Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award will be selected with input from public online voting by the Global Citizen community.

The Waislitz foundation aims to create a positive social impact locally and globally through innovative projects that empower individuals to meet their full potential and make a measurable difference to the world. Some of the achievements of past winners of the Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are the building of sanitation facilities in rural India, the empowerment of children orphaned by HIV/AIDs and using technology to make democracy more representative.


The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling US$200,000. The grand prize, the Waislitz Global Citizen Award is a cash prize of US$100,000. The 2 semi-finalist prizes, the Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award, and the Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award are each cash prizes of US$50,000.

In addition to the cash prizes, all 3 winners will receive:

  • Round trip airfare and accommodation in New York City to attend the Waislitz Global Citizen Award Ceremony and the Global Citizen Festival during the week of 23 September 2019 for themselves and a guest;
  • The opportunity to network with Global Citizen and the Waislitz Foundation partners during the week of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly; and
  • Two tickets to the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on 28 September 2019.


Applicants will be evaluated based on the following 4 key areas:

  • Global Citizenship: How do they embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • Proof of Concept: Do they have a strong proof of concept with at least 1 to 2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • Disruption: Have the applicants created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • Scalability: How would this award enable/support the applicants to scale or improve their work?


Applications are to be done online by 19 May 2019.

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