Notre Dame Prize

for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America

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The Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America is the only award of its kind to recognize the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region’s welfare. It celebrates the significant role public figures play in strengthening democracy and improving the well being of the citizenry. In making these awards, we hope to draw hemisphere-wide attention to outstanding leadership in public service.

First awarded in 2000, the Notre Dame Prize is funded by a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and administered by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


The Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America will be presented to a Latin American who, in one or more countries of the region has demonstrated:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Distinction in public service
  • Advancement of the well being of the citizens of Latin America

Nominees may have furthered the public good in one or more of the following areas: government, nongovernmental organizations, religion, education, the media, or other significant civic involvement.

Please note that the selection committee will not consider those currently holding an elected public office, those who have held one at any point in the last five years, or those who are currently running for one. It will also not consider individuals in official party positions.

The Award

The award carries a cash prize of $15,000 with a matching amount given to a Latin American charitable organization recommended by the laureate. The Prize will be formally awarded at a public ceremony, typically in the laureate’s country of residence. The Prize laureate will also make a major public address at Notre Dame.

About the Kellogg Institute

The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies centers its research and teaching on themes critical to contemporary society—democracy and human development. Building on a core interest in Latin America, the Institute fosters research on many regions of the world. More…

About the University

The nation’s preeminent Catholic university, the University of Notre Dame is ranked among the top 25 US universities for excellence in undergraduate education, research, and scholarship. Since 1842, Notre Dame has followed the vision of its founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, who declared that the University would be “a powerful force for good.” More…


Please send a one-page letter explaining the nominee’s contributions to public service in Latin America and, if possible, a CV.

The Coca-Cola FoundationSend nominations by mail, fax, or email.

By mail:
Notre Dame Prize Committee
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677 USA

By fax: 574-631-6717

By email to [email protected]

The University of Notre Dame gratefully
acknowledges the generous support of
the Coca-Cola Foundation, without which
this award would not be possible.