2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

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2019 Aurora Humanitarians

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity…

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity’s Selection Committee has named three outstanding 2019 Aurora Humanitarians, recognized for performing acts of exceptional courage and their commitment to saving human life. The 2019 Aurora Prize Laureate will be announced at a ceremony in Armenia on October 20, 2019. With a $1 million award the Laureate will get an opportunity to continue the cycle of giving and support the organizations that have inspired their work.

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Students from United World Colleges to…

Aurora Humanitarian Project will provide UWC…

Applications for the 2019 Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC schools and colleges are now being accepted. The project, recognized as “Young Aurora,” is a partnership between the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, United World Colleges (UWC), Scholae Mundi and Teach for All. It provides an opportunity for UWC schools and colleges to design projects that will drive positive change in the community through humanitarian solutions. The winning team will be awarded a $4,000 grant to implement their project. Now in its third year, 17 schools and colleges have participated in the Young Aurora Project till date. Previous project proposals have presented solutions to a diverse range of critical humanitarian issues identified near their schools and colleges in countries including Eswatini, Germany, India and China.

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111 PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND THE…

The Aurora Forum is proud to announce that 111 influencers from political, academic, entertainment, and business sectors around the world have joined the Aurora Forum as Goodwill Ambassadors, showing their dedication to tackling some of our time’s and future generation’s most pressing global challenges.  Aurora Forum Co-Founders Noubar Afeyan, Vartan Gregorian, and Ruben Vardanyan welcome the Goodwill Ambassadors as luminaries of Aurora’s vision to promote innovative and effective approaches to advancing positive social change in Armenia and beyond.

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Aurora Will Help Matenadaran Present…

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative continues to support the Matenadaran, Armenia’s national repository of ancient manuscripts, with a new grant of $20,000. With these funds, the Matenadaran will commission the preparation and design of an interactive table-map of Armenian Scriptoria.

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Surgeon and Missionary Dr. Tom Catena…

Co-Founders kick-start global Aurora Movement by…

12 December 2018 – The Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative have announced Dr. Tom Catena, an American physician and Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York has joined the organisation as Chair.

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VARTAN GREGORIAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM…

New $30,000 research grants for academics and…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announces a call for applications for new research grants. The Vartan Gregorian Scholarship (Research Grants) Program will support exceptional early-career scholars and researchers, with a specific focus on historians and social scientists, in their efforts to study the unexplored questions of the 20th century history of Armenia.

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Eleven refugees and at-risk youth receive…

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative puts Gratitude…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has announced eleven recipients of Aurora Gratitude Scholarships. Young people from seven Middle Eastern countries began their studies at United World Colleges (UWC) around the world in September 2018. The scholarships allow students to live safely, with support and receive a strong education. All recipients are either refugees, living with the loss of one or both parents, or come from marginalized communities.   

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NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR $1.1 MILLION 2019…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is calling for…

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George Clooney Honors Vartan Gregorian for…

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Kyaw Hla Aung Announced as 2018 Aurora Prize…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative honors the…

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Aurora Dialogues conference 2018

The 2018 Dialogues conference at the Matenadaran …

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Ambassador Samantha Power and John…

Aurora Prize Selection Committee member…

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2018 Aurora Humanitarians visit Armenia

2018 Humanitarians tour of Garni, Geghard, and…

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2018 Aurora Humanitarians visit Armenian…

Presentation of the book "Armenian Legacy in…

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Three Inspirational Humanitarian Activists…

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity…

24 APRIL 2018 – YEREVAN – Today, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee announced three humanitarians as potential recipients of the 2018 Prize. Each individual was chosen for their exceptional courage, far-reaching impact and endless commitment to preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes in the face of adversity.

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Ambassador Samantha Power Joins the Aurora…

Leading humanitarian luminary Ambassador Power…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announces Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as the newest member of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee. As a part of the Selection Committee, Ambassador Power will join the other esteemed humanitarians, human rights activists and former heads of state to determine future recipients for the annual $1.1 million Aurora Prize.

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Aurora Dialogues Berlin

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Hosts an…

Aurora Dialogues Berlin, “Millions on The Move: Need for Development and Integration,” will explore how the European Union, and Germany specifically, can contribute to humanitarian solutions by supporting development and integration. The event will be held on December 4-5, 2017 at the Robert Bosch Stiftung Representative Office in Berlin, Germany. The conference is a joint effort of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the Stiftung Mercator, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Global Perspectives Initiative.

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Bernard Kouchner Joins the Aurora Prize…

Médecins Sans Frontières co-founder and former…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to announce that Bernard Kouchner, the co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), is joining the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Selection Committee. The committee, which selects the annual Aurora Prize finalists and laureate, is comprised of humanitarians, human right activists and former heads of state, and is chaired by Academy-award winning actor and philanthropist George Clooney.

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750 Nominations Submitted for the 2018…

Unique candidates for the Prize increased by 100%

In its third year, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity has received 750 submissions for 509 unique candidates.

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Lord Darzi Joins Aurora Prize Selection…

World famous surgeon and health policy maker…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to confirm the appointment of Lord Ara Darzi to the Aurora Prize Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a select group of humanitarians, human right activists and former heads of state, and is chaired by Academy-award winning actor and director, and a humanitarian in his own right, George Clooney.

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Dates Announced for the Third Annual Aurora…

Armenia to Host Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s…

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative today announced that the 2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity ceremony, Aurora Dialogues and weekend of inspirational events, will take place June 8-10, 2018 in Armenia. Pre-eminent humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, human rights defenders, government officials, journalists and business leaders from around the world will gather for the purpose of galvanizing action to address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and to celebrate the best of humanity. The weekend will culminate with the presentation of the third annual $1.1 million Aurora Prize, a global humanitarian award given to an individual for the exceptional impact their actions have had on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. The laureate is invited to share $1million with organizations which inspire their work.

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