Facts about the WCC


  • The World Cultural Council (WCC) is an international organization founded in Mexico in 1982 with an initial membership of 124 distinguished scientists and scholars, university presidents and executives from the five continents, including several Nobel laureates.
  • Its mission is to promote a culture of tolerance, peace and fraternity by recognizing inspiring role models through its awards.
  • To recognize excellence as a guiding principle in research, innovation and higher education.
  • By means of its Awards to inspire future generations by recognizing extraordinary individuals and their achievements.
  • To embrace a vision of diversity and mutual respect towards a better world.
  • The Directive Board receives support from private grants through a Board of Trustees and has permanent financial aid from The Global Foundation.



  • The members of the WCC constitute the Interdisciplinary Jury, it is currently composed of 250 members from 51 countries.
  • New Jury members are invited based on the recommendation of a current Jury member or the institution hosting an Award Ceremony.
  • The importance of these awards is bolstered by the fact that the jury is comprised of world-renowned personalities and academic leaders in their respective fields including various Nobel laureates.
  • The pre-selection and final evaluation process takes about six months.


Nominating Authorities for the Prizes

  • The President or the Prime Minister of a country
  • Ministers of Science and Technology or Culture and Education
  • Directors of institutes and organizations
  • University leaders: Rector, President, Provost or Deans
  • Members of the World Cultural Council
  • The WCC annually invites renowned institutions all over the world to submit nominations for the Awards.
  • Information about the nominees and nominators are conferential.
  • Nominees for the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science should be eminent scientists whose achievements can serve as an inspiration for future generations. Considerations will be given to individuals or institutions in one of the Life Sciences, such as Neuroscience, Earth Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine or Chemistry; or in one of the Natural Sciences such as Physics, Mathematics or Astronomy. The prize is awarded every year.
  • A candidate for the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education should be a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or someone who has brought about visionary development in education policy. Through his/her work, the individual or team should have had a significantly positive influence on the quality and reach of teaching and learning in our society. The prize is awarded every second year.
  • A candidate for the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Awards of Arts should be a renowned artist, sculptor, painter, writer, poet, cinematographer, photographer, architect, musician or other performing artist, whose work constitutes a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of the world. The prize is awarded every second year.
  • In addition to considering the candidate’s breakthrough achievements, the jury will also take into account the service which each has made to mankind and his/her qualities as a role model who inspires future generations to contribute to a better world.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted. Renomination of previous nominees is possible and encouraged.
  • Nominations requirements are detailed at: https://www.consejoculturalmundial.org/nomination-requirements/


  • The Award Ceremony is hosted yearly, typically in October or November, by a renowned university or academic institute.
  • The Ceremonies can be organized by issuing a proposal particularly in view of the top-ranking academic standards and research work in place, or by initiative of one of our members, who would like to host the Ceremony at their own institution or by invitation from a university that is willing to host the event within the framework of an academic summit, conference or other major academic event.
  • We have found our Award Ceremonies to be an excellent opportunity for bringing together top-level scientists, educators and researchers from around the world, while showcasing the outstanding achievements of the awardees and inspiring the new generation.
  • The ceremony also includes the presentation of Special Recognitions to a number of young researchers from the host university and country, thus putting them and their work in the spotlight.
  • Such ceremonies are a wonderful occasion for disseminating the remarkable achievements of the awardees and acknowledging the inspiration they provide in terms of academic excellence and positive impact on society.