Annual Awards Eligibility

The deadline to submit an application is April 13, 2018.

All applicants must be an exemplary model of a sister city program and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current dues-paying member of Sister Cities International;
  • Have at least one formally recognized sister city partnership;
  • Submit entries for programs that were conducted during 2017 only; and
  • Must not have won in an Innovation Award in the same category in the previous awards cycle (awarded at the 2017 Annual Conference).

The Nominator for the Volunteer of the Year must meet the following criteria:

  • Be from a current dues-paying member of Sister Cities International;
  • Be actively involved in the local sister city program; and
  • Local program must not have won in the Volunteer of the Year/Youth Leadership Award category in the previous awards cycle.

The Nominee for the Volunteer of the Year Award must be an exemplary model of a sister cities program volunteer and meet the following criteria:

  • Be from a current dues-paying member of Sister Cities International;
  • Be actively involved in the local sister city program.

Rules and Regulations

  • Awards are based on achievements made in 2017.
  • All applicants must answer all questions on the application form. 
  • If entering your program in more than one category, please complete and submit a separate word document for EACH category.

Evaluating Your Entry

  • A panel of judges with experience in international affairs and sister city programs will review all entries and select award recipients.
  • Judges must be able to clearly understand the goals and accomplishments of your local program.
  • Tell your story as though you are presenting your entry to a person who is unfamiliar with your program. Please be mindful of the word limit on the program narrative statements.
  • Judges will convene to review all eligible entries and make final decisions.
  • Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the eligibility criteria.
  • All participants will be notified of the results in writing.

Submission Requirements

  • Please email your answers in a word document, along with photos, to awards@sistercities.org.
  • All entries must be received by April 13, 2018. Applications received after that date will not be accepted. No exceptions!
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

NOTE: Supplemental materials may be required ONLY if your entry is selected as the winner. These may include additional photographs, newspaper articles, and press releases of the highlights for the sister city program.


Ready to enter? Download the application forms below:

Best Overall Application Volunteer of the Year Application
Innovation Application Youth Leadership Applciation


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