GoAbroad Innovation Award Nominations

2021 Nominations are Closed

View the 2021 GoAbroad Innovation Award Winners!

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Special thanks to our 2021 Silver Sponsor, StudentUniverse.


You may submit multiple nominations for each category. However, numerous nominations for the same person/organization/institution will not necessarily make them more likely to be selected as a top five finalist. The QUALITY of each nomination will be considered over the QUANTITY of nominations received.

Winners in all categories, except Innovation Student Video and People’s Choice, will be selected by a committee of international education professionals known as the GoAbroad Innovation Award Academy.

You may nominate an individual (including yourself), or an office, institution, or organization.

You and/or your office, institution, or organization do not need to be NAFSA members to be nominated or to win. Additionally, you do not need to be present at the conference to win, but we hope you will be there!

The top five finalists in each category will be provided with a “GoAbroad Innovation Awards Finalist” badge to display on their NAFSA booth and website (if applicable).

The purpose of the Innovation Awards is four-fold:

  1. Commend leaders. There are incredible individuals working hard every. single. day. to move our field forward. We not only want to honor them, we aspire to uphold their work ethic and creativity in our own professional lives.
  2. Recognize excellence. Some of our colleagues set the bar for our field. Let’s recognize and honor those high standards!
  3. Throw a party. Who doesn’t love to clink glasses, shout “Cheers!”, dance, and laugh for hours with our colleagues turned friends? After a long week of networking and sitting in on presentations, we don’t mind using our reception as an excuse to let loose and relax with other professionals in the field.
  4. Say thank you. We wouldn’t be who we are—as a business, as professionals, as individuals—without the ongoing support from our partners. Thank you ALL for your contributions to our field and the success of GoAbroad. It’s fun to connect users to programs when they’re as awesome as our partners’ programs are.

Clarifications for nomination criteria:

  • You may nominate yourself or your own organization, in addition to colleagues.
  • New Program (Study, Volunteer, Intern) & TEFL / Teach Abroad Categories are open to programs that have successfully run between January 1, 2019 and the present. We are also allowing nominations for virtual/online or hybrid programming in these categories.
  • For People’s Choice, nominations can now come from alumni and/or an education abroad director, advisor, or staff member.

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