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Apply for a 2021 Rolex Award

In 2021, Rolex will offer five Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
The Awards are open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Candidates can apply in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage and the environment.

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Rolex Awards

Meet the 2019 Jury

The finalists in the 2019 Rolex Awards are chosen by an independent Jury selected for their expertise and stature in a wide variety of fields. Meet the Jury convened from around the globe for the 2019 Rolex Awards.

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The Rolex Awards were created in 1976 to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Rolex Oyster wristwatch

Supporting pioneers

From the start, the Awards were designed to fill a void in corporate philanthropy by supporting exceptional individuals around the world, pioneers who had no or little access to traditional funding and were responding to major challenges with original and innovative projects that advance human knowledge and well-being.

Applications flooded into Geneva from around the world and, due to the extraordinary response, the first five Laureates received their awards in 1978. More than 34,000 applications have been received since the programme’s launch, and 140 Laureates from all walks of life have been selected for an Award.

Millions of people have benefited from the work of Rolex Laureates around the world

Global impacts

The support given by Rolex to Award winners since the launch of the programme has had a catalytic impact and has in many cases transformed lives and communities. It has also stimulated new ways of thinking about common problems in areas as diverse as creating technologies that improved lives, saving endangered ecosystems, protecting the oceans, exploring new frontiers on the planet, or pioneering advances in science and health.

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