What are we looking for?
Once a year, the Federal Foreign Office and the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation award the Shimon Peres Prize to two outstanding projects that have contributed to shaping the future of Israeli-German relations and applied themselves to challenges facing both societies.
Winning projects receive 10,000 Euros in prize money.
Individuals and organizations from Germany and Israel are eligible to apply with a concrete project that took place within the last three years. The majority of project participants must have been older than 18 years during the project period. The jury is especially interested in initiatives that achieved concrete and sustainable results while working towards the values embodied by Shimon Peres (see below).
Government employees and projects directly executed by state bodies are not eligible to apply.
How to apply
In order to be considered for the Shimon Peres Prize 2018, please fill out the online form in English.
Application deadline: April 6, 2018
The award ceremony will take place in Berlin in the fall of 2018. Prizewinners will be informed in September.
Shimon Peres (1923-2016)
Among the founding fathers and pioneers of the State of Israel, the Ninth President and twice Prime Minister of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Shimon Peres, stands out as a figure who embodied action, vision and hope.
Peres dedicated his early years of service to building Israel's military deterrence and defensive capabilities and for several decades relentlessly devoted himself to the pursuit of peace while simultaneously leading Israel on the path towards becoming a global superpower in the fields of technology and innovation.
In 1996, Peres pioneered the founding of the Peres Center for Peace, Israel’s leading NGO, focused on developing and implementing innovative and cutting-edge peacebuilding programs promoting peaceful relations and co-existence between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. In July 2016, Peres launched the National Israeli Innovation Center at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa.
Shimon Peres was recognized throughout the world as a leader of great stature, a statesman and visionary who represented the optimism, hope and glory of Israel. He passed away at the age of 93 on September 28, 2016 leaving behind a profound legacy of peace and hope.
Shimon Peres spoke fondly of Germany’s leaders and the importance of bilateral relations and cooperation between Israel and Germany. In 2010, he memorably gave a moving address as President of Israel to the Bundestag in which he proclaimed that “We believed, and continue to believe, that the new Germany will do whatever needs to be done to ensure that the Jewish state will never again have to fight for its survival alone.”
Peres always looked to the future and would be delighted to see that his vision for a prosperous relationship between Germany and Israel is being recognized through increased bilateral cooperation and the promotion of shared values like peace, tolerance and innovation between the countries.