2014 Rolex Awards Call for Applications

The 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise seek five Young Laureates with concrete projects to make the world a better place.


The Rolex Awards for Enterprise aim to encourage a spirit of enterprise in individuals around the world by supporting pioneering work in science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage.

Applications are now open for the 2014 Rolex Awards. Rolex is looking for five visionary young men and women ready to tackle the most pressing issues facing our world.

The five Young Laureates will each receive 50,000 Swiss francs (U.S.$54,000) to advance their projects and gain worldwide recognition of their work through an international publicity campaign. They will also receive a Rolex chronometer.

Interested candidates aged between 18 and 30 years old by December 31, 2014, are invited to submit a pre-application in English on www.rolexawards.com. The final deadline for submission is May 31, 2013.


Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be between 18 and 30 years old by December 31, 2014.

Their on-going, concrete projects must improve the quality of life on the planet, expand knowledge of our world or contribute to the betterment of humankind, in the following areas: science and health; applied technology; exploration and discovery; environment; and cultural heritage. (See the 2012 recipients.)


Selection Process

Projects are judged on their feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact and, above all, on the candidates’ spirit of enterprise. Applicants must show how they will use a Rolex Award to leverage the impact of their projects, and how, through initiative and ingenuity, they will benefit mankind.

Winners are chosen by an international, interdisciplinary and independent Jury of experts. The applications are reviewed by a team of scientific researchers before being presented to the Jury.


For more information, visit www.rolexawards.com.


Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.