Rolex Awards are given every two years. Applications have opened for the 2014 Awards, which will be exclusively devoted to young candidates. This means only those aged between 18 and 30 years are eligible to apply. The first set of Awards for Young Laureates took place in 2009 with the idea of supporting visionary young men and women at a critical juncture in their careers. Each Young Laureate will receive 50,000 Swiss francs over a period of two years. In addition, Rolex ensures all winners receive access to its network of more than 100 past Laureates, as well as the benefit of international publicity through media coverage and the Rolex Awards website. – Click Here for how to apply.
While judging the projects, they take into consideration feasibility, originality, sustained impact on people and the environment.
Indian Jury Members in 2012 are Mahrukh Tarapor, Indian born American Museum professional, S. Ramadorai, Vice Chairman – TCS and Gururaj Deshpande, global philanthropist.
Commenting on the Rolex Awards coming to India for the first time, Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex, said: “We believe India is a thought-leader in innovation and enterprise; a concept that is very well embraced and understood in the country. By holding the Awards ceremony in Delhi this year, we are recognizing the spirit of enterprise that prevails in the country.
Date : 27 November 2012, Venue: Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
For more than 35 years Rolex has honoured extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and conviction to take on major challenges. Each Rolex Award for Enterprise is given for a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world – one that deserves support for its capacity to improve lives, or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. These projects have touched all aspects of humanity by expanding knowledge or improving life on the planet.