Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

skollDeadline: March 1, 2012

The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization, 


Timeline for the 2013 Skoll Awards selection process:


- Accepting applications: January 4 – March 1, 2012

- Organizations notified of application status: July 2012

- Finalist due diligence on select organizations: July – October 2012

- Skoll Award recipients announced: November 2012

- Skoll Award recipients celebrated at the Skoll World Forum: March 2013


Application Process

Please read the criteria thoroughly to determine if your organization is eligible to apply for a Skoll Award. There is only one deadline for the 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship: Thursday, March 1, 2012. The application process includes the following stages:

Eligibility quiz: This tool is helps applicants assess their eligibility for a Skoll Award. If an organization passes the eligibility quiz, they will be given a URL to the application. Applicants cannot move forward to the online application unless they pass the eligibility quiz.

- Online application: Organizations that pass the eligibility quiz may then complete an online application. A preview of the online application is available.

- Full proposal invitation: Selected applicants will be contacted by a program officer and invited to submit a full proposal. We choose 10 or fewer applicants to submit full proposals each year.

- Due diligence: This process usually includes interviews, a site visit, reference checks, follow-up questions, in-depth financial review and a discussion of grant objectives.

- Selection of the Awardees: We anticipate making fewer than 10 Awards each year.


For further information about the application process please read the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Focus Issue Areas:

The Skoll Foundation’s focus on the following issue areas stems from a belief that many of the world’s most pressing problems are exacerbated by inequality between the rich and the poor. Social entrepreneurs provide solutions that address this inequity at a systemic level.

The following list serves as a guide and is not meant to be comprehensive:

- Economic and Social Equity

- Environmental Sustainability

- Health

- Institutional Responsibility

- Peace and Security

- Tolerance, Justice, and Human Rights

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