United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award 2022 (up to USD $150,000)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award 2022 (up to USD $150,000)

Deadline: February 20, 2022

Nominations are open for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022. Every year, UNHCR searches for a person or an organisation with exceptional dedication and commitment in supporting people who are refugees, internally displaced or stateless. That person or group wins the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

The 2021 laureate is the Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development (JAAHD), a humanitarian organization providing emergency services to internally displaced people in northern Yemen. Founded in 2017, the organization has constructed 18,000 emergency shelters for internally displaced people and their host communities and helped thousands through its skills-building centre and school rehabilitation program. The founder, Ameen Jubran, himself was displaced by the conflict in Yemen in 2015. Jubran and his colleagues have shown exceptional perseverance, humanitarian spirit and commitment to people forced to flee, continuing throughout the conflict to deliver lifesaving aid to those who need it the most.


  • The laureate or the winning organisation receives $150,000 to invest in their humanitarian work.
  • Additionally, four regional winners from each global region outside of the laureate’s region are selected and honoured with a certificate and a local event.


  • Any individual, group of people or organization that has displayed extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, displaced or stateless peoples is eligible to be nominated.
  • Former and current UNHCR staff, including United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) working for UNHCR offices, are ineligible.
  • Anyone may submit a candidate for the Nansen Refugee Award. They welcome the nomination of any deserving individual, group or organization. Finalists from previous year are still eligible.
  • Self-nominations are strongly discouraged.


Every Nansen Refugee Award laureate and regional winners spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced:

  • The nominee’s work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities;
  • The nominee’s work demonstrates courage – they might at times face personal risk for his/her/their work;
  • The nominee’s work has a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people;
  • The work is connected to a major displacement issue or situation.


The deadline to submit nominations is midnight CET, 20 February 2022. The strongest nominations will have detailed accounts of the candidate’s work and impact on people of concerns, as well as  strong references to back up the submission.

Click here to nominate

For more information, visit UNHCR.