Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate for the SWP?
Nominations are welcome from anyone with sufficient knowledge about the nominee, with exceptions of persons that have a kinship or a monetary relationship with, or are immediate superiors of the nominee. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Who can be nominated for the SWP?
Any activity or actor that contributes broadly to the availability, conservation and protection of the world’s water resources, and to improved water conditions which contribute to the health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems, is eligible to be nominated. The activities can be within the fields of outreach and awareness raising; policy and practices; and research. The work of the nominees should have great potential or proven impact. Over the years, the Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented regions from all over the world and a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines.

Which category is most appropriate for my candidate?
The field of activities taken into account is broad. To ensure that we get nominations from all sectors, three broad categories are used. The categories are also used by the Nominating Committee in order to make fair reviews and comparisons between candidates. The categories are: a) Outreach and Awareness Raising, b) Policy and Practices, and c) Research.

When can I nominate?
The nomination period for short nomination is usually from mid of April until mid-September. The actual dates are announced here and in SIWIs mail outs. Go to “Join mailing list” to add yourself to the mailing list.

Can I nominate myself or my organisation?
No, self-nominations are not allowed. Please note that nominations made by persons closely related to the nominee are not accepted either.

How does the nomination process lead to a Laureate?
The nomination process involves the following steps:
1. A short nomination is submitted by an independent person to SIWI.
2. The received submissions are screened by the Nominating Committee and a number of top candidates are selected, preferably at least two candidates from each category.
3. Nominators of shortlisted candidates are informed and encouraged to submit a full nomination using an online form. At least two reference letters and a detailed nomination are required.
4. The full nominations received are then reviewed by the Nominating Committee. A list of the top three candidates, in ranked order, is presented to the Board of the Stockholm International Water Institute.
5. The board appoints the Laureate of the year.
6. The SWP Laureate of the year is announced on World Water Day, March 22.

What does the short nomination involve?
Short nominations should be submitted in English preferably using the online form. You may also send us your short nomination by e-mail to swp.secretary@siwi.org or by postal mail to:

SWP Secretary
Stockholm International Water Institute
Linnégatan 87A
Box 101 87
SE- 100 55 Stockholm

For the short nomination, the nominee’s name and affiliation, and a short description of the candidate’s achievements as well as your contact details are required.

What does the detailed nomination involve?
Excellent candidates identified from the submitted short nominations are shortlisted. The nominators of these candidates are invited to send detailed nomination information. These detailed nominations need to be submitted in English. The minimum requirements are a detailed description of the nominees achievements as well as at least two reference letters. You will also have to state your relation to the candidate. The template that will be made available to nominators of shortlisted candidates includes more information on other supporting material that may be submitted.

I have problems submitting support documents on-line. Can I send them by regular mail?
If support documents are rejected by this form or you wish to submit additional support documents please send them to the following address or email instead:

SWP Secretary
Stockholm International Water Institute
Linnégatan 87A
Box 101 87
SE- 100 55 Stockholm

Do I get a receipt of my submission?
When you have submitted a nomination via the online nomination form, you will see a note telling you that your submission has been received. You will have to print this page if you wish to have a receipt of your submission. If you submit nominations or support documentation by other means, acknowledgement will only be given by email. After the end of the nomination period, all nominators of SWP candidates will be informed by email that the SWP Nominating Committee has started their evaluation process. Nominators of candidates that did not reach the short list are informed around beginning of November.

Can I nominate the same nominee again?
Yes, re-nomination is possible. During the nomination period you may use the online nomination form again (the latest submission will be evaluated), or inform the SWP Secretary on swp.secretary@siwi.org .

Can I nominate in another language than English?
No, all nominations should be submitted in English.

Can I change or update my information?
Contact the SWP Secretary at swp.secretary@siwi.org.

Is my nomination confidential?
All submitted material, including all names, is kept strictly within the Nominating Committee.

How can I find more information about the actual ceremony and earlier Laureates?
Information on earlier Laureates can be found at the Laureates-page. Information about the Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony is available before and during the World Water Week at SIWI’s website and at www.worldwaterweek.org.

Fantastic idea, can I sponsor the Stockholm Water Prize?
You can read more about our sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsors Pack, at the sponsorship-page here on the SIWI web, or contact Ms. Louise Heegaard if you wish to find out more and discuss your possibilities.

I am unsure if my candidate fits the requirements for a SWP nominee. What other prizes can I nominate an individual or an organisation for?
The Stockholm Industry Water Award recognises the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management. The national and international competitions for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize are open to young people between the age of 15 and 20.