Annually, on 20 July, on the date of his death, Calouste Gulbenkian is remembered throughout the day in different ceremonies that culminate with the award of the Gulbenkian Prizes. As from this year and for the next four years, there shall be a new set of categories, Cohesion, Sustainability and Knowledge, in addition to the existing Human Rights category of the Gulbenkian Prizes. The Foundation Board of Trustees decides upon the specific themes within each respective category to which the awards are dedicated.
In the Human Rights category, the Gulbenkian Prize shall continue to distinguish an individual or a non-profit organisation with international impact in promoting human rights. This year, the category focuses on issues related to refugees. The winner receives prize money totalling €100,000. The remaining categories prizes amount to €50,000 each.
After a five year cycle in which the prizes were attributed only to international figures and institutions, the Gulbenkian Prizes shall again include categories in the strategic fields defined by the Board of Trustees, namely the Foundation’s priority areas in Portugal over the coming years: Cohesion, Sustainability and Knowledge.