OPCW-The Hague Award
Make a nomination

Nominations for the 2024 OPCW-The Hague Award are now open

Read the eligibility criteria and learn how to make a nomination for qualified candidates and institutions.

Nominations must be submitted by 31 July 2024

How to nominate 

What you need to apply: 

  • Contact details of the candidate nominee (and nominator if relevant) 

  • Contact details of up to three references (two required for self-nominators) 

  • A nomination statement of up to 500 words describing how the nominee has contributed to one or more of the areas specified in the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility criteria 

Eligible candidates, which may include young professionals, must be citizens of, or institutions registered in, OPCW Member States who have made major contributions to one of more of the following areas: 

Dangerous chemicals

Preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons


Supporting national implementation of the Convention


Promoting chemistry for peaceful purposes


Preventing the threat of chemical terrorism

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Ensuring preparedness for chemical incidents and emergencies


Promoting universality and awareness of the Convention

Supporting victims of chemical weapons

Supporting victims of chemical weapons

Eliminating chemical weapons

Eliminating chemical weapons

Promoting the successful conclusion of the Convention

Promoting the successful conclusion of the Convention

Nominations for Young Professionals 

Early to mid-career professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to one or more of these areas through their work and intend to pursue ongoing activities related to the OPCW’s mission are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Who can nominate? 

Nominations for eligible individuals and organisations can be self-submitted or submitted by a third party acting as a nominator. 

Nominators may include the following entities: 

  • Members of national assemblies and government institutions of Member States (including National Authorities) 

  • Permanent Representations to the OPCW 

  • Members of intergovernmental, international and regional organisations 

  • Academic institutions 

  • Civil society organisations 

  • Past recipients of the Award 

  • Chemical industry associations 

Self-nominations must be backed by at least two references from the categories of nominators listed above. 

Current personnel of the OPCW Technical Secretariat and Delegations of Member States to the Organisation are not eligible to apply or be nominated for the Award. 

Former personnel of the OPCW Technical Secretariat who have completed three years following their separation from the Organisation are eligible. The same three-year rule shall apply to former personnel of Member States’ Delegations to the Organisation. 


Make a nomination

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination form

The deadline for submission is 23:59 CEST on Wednesday, 31 July 2024.  

Click here to make a nomination

Selection process  

Nominations will be evaluated by the Selection Panel which is comprised of the OPCW Director-General, the Mayor of The Hague, the Chairperson of the OPCW Executive Council, the President of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), and the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Up to three nominees may be selected who will each be awarded a share of the €90,000 prize. 

Successful nominees will be informed of the Selection Panel’s decision and invited to attend the award ceremony, to take place on during the Twenty-Ninth OPCW Conference of the States Parties (25 – 29 November 2024).