Selection Process

Nominations for the 2017 round of 120 Under 40 will be accepted from March 22 to May 17, 2017. If you were nominated in 2016 but did not win, you can be re-nominated for 2017 if you still meet the eligibility criteria. (Please note that the 2016 winners are not eligible to be re-nominated.) Nominees have until May 26, 2017, to update their profiles.

The 40 winners for 2017 will be chosen through online public voting and scoring by a jury of experts and leaders in family planning.

Online public voting will take place from June 1 to June 15, 2017. Voters will be able to cast one vote per nominee during this period. Voters may vote for as many nominees as they like, but only once per nominee.

Nominees must receive at least 75 votes in order to pass to the jury scoring round. Nominees that receive 75 votes will see a badge displayed on their profile, notifying them that they have passed to the jury scoring round, and will receive a notification email. Once that 75-vote threshold is reached, additional votes beyond 75 do not factor in.

The 120 Under 40 Jury, made up of leaders in the family planning and reproductive health fields, will review eligible nominees on the basis of the following criteria, which are drawn from the published project description and the nominee profile questions:

  • Has the nominee made significant, demonstrated, quantifiable contributions to family planning?
  • Has the nominee acted as a source of innovation/"positive disruption” in family planning?
  • Has the nominee served as a role model to lead and inspire others? 
  • Has the nominee demonstrated passion for family planning?
  • Does the nominee have a vision for future work related to family planning?

After online voting and jury review close, the project secretariat will review the results and determine the 40 winners, all of whom will receive $1,000 from the Gates Institute to continue the work they are involved in or to start new innovative projects. 

The winners will be announced in September 2017, around World Contraception Day (September 26). A smaller representative group of winners will be invited to the 120 under 40 celebrations in September in the United States. This smaller group will be chosen as a cross-section of the 120 Under 40 winners, and will be a diverse group in terms of area of focus, location, gender, etc.

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