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The 2021 Templeton Freedom Award

Named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom Award has annually honored his legacy. Since 2004, the Award has identified and recognized the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. Since 2013, the Templeton Freedom Award has been generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust.

The Templeton Freedom Award is the most prestigious award within Atlas Network's Templeton Freedom Awards Prize program, which includes the Regional Liberty Awards. All applicants to the Templeton Freedom Award are also considered for the Regional Liberty Award associated with their region. Due to the generosity of the Templeton Religion Trust, the Templeton Freedom Awards Prize Program now awards $270,000 in prizes each year.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD ARE NOW CLOSED. The deadline to submit this application was April 15, 2021. Applications will reopen in December 2021.

Finalists for the Templeton Freedom Award must have:

  • Achieved strategic impact (in areas of policy impact, social impact, academic impact, media impact, or student impact, etc.)

  • Made innovative contributions to the field of free enterprise education or policy research

  • Laid the groundwork for future progress in improving countries’ scores in rankings of economic freedom (e.g., The Index of Economic Freedom or the Economic Freedom of the World report)

The winner of the 2021 Templeton Freedom Award will receive $100,000 and will be honored at Atlas Network's annual Freedom Dinner, which this year takes place in Miami, Florida. Five additional finalists will receive $20,000 prizes and travel support to attend the event.

For press-related questions about the Templeton Freedom Award, contact AJ Skiera, Associate Director of Communications, at For other questions about the Templeton Freedom Award, contact Casey Pifer, Director of Institute Relations, at

ALERT: Atlas Network uses an applications portal where organizations can apply for awards. When you click "Apply," you'll be directed to a page where you will be asked to create an account in the applications portal before you are able to submit an application. Direct any questions about the portal to a look back at a decade of the Templeton Freedom Award.

Take a look back at previous winners of the Templeton Freedom Award