Named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom Award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing 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. Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award beginning in 2013 is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust.

The Templeton Freedom Award is the most prestigious award within Atlas Network's Templeton Freedom Awards Prize program, which includes the Africa Liberty Award, Asia Liberty Award, Europe Liberty Award, Latin America Liberty Award, North America Liberty Award, and Middle East & North Africa Liberty Award. 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.

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 Freedom Dinner in Miami. Five additional finalists will receive $20,000 prizes and travel support to attend Freedom Dinner.

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 or 202-449-8455.