Special Arrangements of 2020 Nominations

As school campuses and offices are now moving into temporary shutdown and entering contingency planning mode due to Covid-19, we have received feedback concerning the limited access to available organizational resources and we fully understand that it can significantly interrupt preparation for making nominations for the Yidan Prize.

In light of these challenges, we would like to announce special arrangements for the 2020 nomination process:

  • An extended deadline for submission of nominations would now be set for 30 April, 2020, 23:59 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+8); and
  • Nominator will be able to complete and submit the 2020 nomination without the mandatory requirement to include a 2-minute video to elaborate on proposed use of the Prize’s project funding portion to further impact of the nominees’ work.


Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, core founder of Tencent Group which is the largest and most popular Internet service portal in Mainland China, the Yidan Prize has a mission to create a better world through education. The Prize, which bestows HK$60 million (about US$7.8 million) worth of awards annually, comprises two categories: the Yidan Prize for Education Research, which recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education, and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, which recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education. Each of the Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development comprises of a gold medal and an award of HK$30 million (about US$3.9 million), including a cash prize of HK$15 million (about US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million. Should there be more than one individual receiving the Prize, the cash prize and project fund shall be shared equally among the Laureates. Through a series of initiatives, the prize serves to establish a platform that allows the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.

Nominations for 2020 Yidan Prize must be submitted on or before 30 April 2020 23:59 (UTC+8 HKT)