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How to Apply

Learn all about our application process for schools.

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World's Best School Prizes


November 10, 2022

World’s Best School Prizes 2023 applications open

March 15, 2023

Applications close

April 2023

Interviews with potential shortlisted schools

June 2023

Public announcement of Top 10 Shortlists for each Prize

September 2023

Public announcement of Top 3 finalists for each Prize - Public Vote

October 2023

Winning Ceremony


Who can apply for the Prizes?

Early childhood centres, kindergarten, primary, secondary schools, and online schools – all schools that teach students in compulsory schooling and are legally registered with their respective Ministry of Education or government regulatory authority. 

Who can complete the application form?

Only teachers, school principals, or other members of the applicant school’s leadership team or of its governing body can complete the application form. They need to register to create an account in order to start an application. We will not consider applications submitted by any figure other than the ones described above.

Can I apply in any language?

Yes, we accept applications written in your native language. However, you need to know that all our communications will be in English. If you don’t speak English, we recommend you involve an English speaker to support you through the process, particularly if your school gets shortlisted.

When is the application deadline?

Applications close on March 15th, 2023, at 11.45 pm GMT.

Can I leave an application open and submit it later?

Yes. You can start drafting and then log in whenever you want to finish completing your application.

Can a school apply for more than one Prize category?

Yes, a school can apply for more than one Prize category, but please note that you will need to apply for each Prize separately. Please do not submit more than one form for the same category.

Does the form look different depending on the Prize I am applying for?

No, we use the same form for all five categories. All you need to do is select the Prize category you are applying for when you start completing the form.

If my school belongs to a network of schools, can we apply as an organisation?

No, you will need to apply as an individual school.

Do I need any authorisation from any superiors to submit an application for my school?

Yes, you need permission from your school authorities to nominate your school for the World’s Best School Prizes. By applying for the World’s Best School Prizes, you take full legal responsibility for ensuring the necessary permissions have been sought and granted in advance.

Does the application involve any costs for schools?

No, there are no costs to apply to enter the contest.

Will we get notified if we are not shortlisted?

Unfortunately not. We will publicly announce the schools that are on the shortlists.

What are the funding sources of the World’s Best Schools Prizes?

The Prizes are funded by sponsorship and grant funding from organisations in the private and philanthropic sectors.

What is the Prize award for the winners?

A Prize of US$250 000 will be shared equally between the five winners. Each winner will receive a Prize award of US$50.000. Learn more about the prize on our Terms and Conditions.

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What is T4 Education?

The World’s Best School Prizes is an initiative of T4 Education, a UK-based organisation committed to providing engaging tools, initiatives, and events for schools and teachers to improve education all around the world. Learn more at:

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