The President's Special Achievement Awards Committee has announced on the Government Gazette that they are now accepting nominations for the 'President's Award for Special Achievement’.

Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate for the categories may submit applications before the end of the workday on Sunday, 27 September 2020. The awards for this year will be conferred in four categories.

Nominations for the first category should be individuals who have performed exceptionally well in the field of higher education and training. These awards are conferred to individuals who have completed education certificates equivalent to MQA ranking levels of 7, 8, 9 and 10 with the highest grade point. One important change, starting from last year, is that the committee will defer to the grading categories defined by the institutions from which the individuals received their certificates while determining qualifications levels.

The second category is for individuals who did exceptionally well or achieved the highest rank in an international competition or exhibition.

The third award category concerns individuals have created effective solutions to pressing national issues through their innovation and research.

This year, a new category has also been included, in line with the statement made by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during last year's Republic Day address. President Solih had stressed on the importance of recognising members of our youth who have had a profound impact on national development through their ingenuity, productivity and perseverance. He shared his thoughts on offering a President's Award for Special Achievement for such youth in 2020. Accordingly, the President's Special Achievement Awards Committee has this year included a special category for creative and innovative efforts recognised to have had a positive effect on national progress. This award is exclusive to young people aged between 18 to 35.

The nomination forms for the President's Award for Special Achievement are available from the President’s Office during official working hours or for download on the President’s Office’s website (

The Awards for this year will be presented during the National Day celebrations.