While not intended to celebrate any particular faith tradition or notion of God, the Prize seeks to recognize new understandings in the quest for progress in humanity's efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine.

The Templeton Prize is awarded annually based on the decision of a panel of distinguished judges from various academic disciplines and religious traditions. We seek a diverse pool of worthy candidates and welcome nominations from around the world.

The public at large is encouraged to participate in considering and then making formal nominations of worthy, appropriate candidates. The Templeton Prize also directly solicits nominations from academic leaders, theologians, scholars, and scientists.

Nominators should consider that the Templeton Prize is not awarded for good works per se, such as humanitarian endeavors, but for a substantial record of achievement that highlights or exemplifies one or more of the various ways in which human beings express their yearning for spiritu al progress. Special care should be given to the Nomination Narrative written to substantiate the Nominee's works in relation to the vision of the Templeton Prize, as described below.

Your nomination remains active over a period of five Prize years. You are encouraged to update your candidate's dossier at any time if matters of significance occur that would enhance your candidate's nomination. This should be done by contacting the Templeton Prize Office at An update will be sent to you annually at the contact information on record regarding the status of your nomination.

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Nominations for the 2017 Templeton Prize will be accepted through Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 PM EDT. Submissions will be accepted only through the use of the online web form. The following information is required to complete your nomination:

  1. The nominator's name, organizational affiliation, and valid email address
  2. The candidate's full name, gender, organizational affiliation, and contact information
  3. A narrative explaining why the candidate is worthy of consideration for the Templeton Prize. This narrative needs to be no more than 500 words per category explaining the candidate’s significant contributions to encouraging life's spiritual dimension. When writing your prize nomination narrative, please consider the criteria noted below. Realistically no single nominee will reflect every area noted; but on the whole, the nomination narrative should reflect the creativity, innovation, rigor and impact of the work of your candidate. Please consider each of the following criteria in your written narrative and please carefully articulate how the nominee has effectively contributed to encouraging life’s spiritual dimension within each of the criteria specified below when writing your narrative, and define how the nominee's work is effective in the applicable areas:
    • New Insights or Discoveries regarding Ultimate Reality or Divine Purpose - How has the individual made exceptional contributions to increasing our knowledge of the Divine, whether through insight, discovery or practical works? Describe the impact of the individual’s work and ideas on the theory or practice of spiritual dimensions, such as love, forgiveness, gratitude, creativity, infinity, ultimate reality and purpose in the cosmos?
    • Entrepreneur of the Spirit - Does the individual capture the full meaning of being an "entrepreneur of the spirit" - someone who has contributed to "spiritual progress" by disseminating the results of scientific, philosophical or theological discoveries, by being a key influencer or exemplar, or by multiplying our understanding of the Divine.
    • Advancing Human Flourishing - How has the individual’s work transformed the material and spiritual lives of those who have benefitted from their discoveries or practical works? Whether the nominee is an academic, a thought leader or a humanitarian describe the spiritual dimension of their work and the impact their work has had on improving the human condition.
  4. A list of up to five relevant works (essays, book chapters, books, journal articles, lectures, interviews, blogs, or websites) that demonstrate the candidate's achievements or discuss the impact of the candidate's contributions to life's spiritual dimension. For those candidates with numerous publications, we ask that the nominator list only the works most relevant to the purpose of the Templeton Prize.
  5. A minimum of 3 (three) and a maximum of 5 (five) references who can speak to the qualifications of the candidate. We recommend listing the names of five references so that we may obtain letters from at least three references. Three references are required for a nominee to move forward. Please list their names, organizational affiliation, and full contact information, and most importantly, their email addresses. Nominators are strongly advised to contact the list of references submitted and alert them regarding your submission of their name as a reference. The Templeton Prize office will contact each reference and ask them to submit a letter as to the named candidate's significant contributions in any one of several of the listed criteria that strongly pertain to the goals and purposes of the Templeton Prize. Letters of reference must be received or postmarked by August 5, 2016.


The Prize staff will periodically send reminders to the Nominator and identified References on the status of the Reference letters. Staff will also communicate with the Nominator when the dossier is complete.