The Ion Ratiu Democracy Award was established in 2005 as a way to recognize the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.
The recipient of the award is hosted in Washington, D.C., by the Wilson Center for up to one month to allow for broad and in-depth interaction with representatives of Washington’s policy, NGO and academic communities. At the end of that term, the awardee will present the results of his/her experience at a workshop at the Wilson Center. The award offers a stipend to cover travel, housing and living expenses, as well as local travel and book allowance.
Nominations should be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Christian Ostermann, Chair, Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C., 20004, USA. Self-nominations are permitted. All nominations must include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae. Supporting materials, such as press articles highlighting the activity of the nominee, are highly encouraged. In the case of self-nomination, one letter of recommendation is required. The deadline for submission is April 30.
Nominations will be reviewed by an independent Advisory Board comprised of prominent democracy activists and scholars. The appointment is made by the Center’s president at the recommendation of the Advisory Board. The result will be announced by the Wilson Center no later than June 30.
The Award is generously supported by the Ratiu Family Foundation (London), established in 1979 by Ion Ratiu and his wife Elisabeth Ratiu, in partnership with the Ratiu Center for Democracy (Turda, Romania, Ion Ratiu’s birthplace). The goals of the Foundation are to further education and research in the culture and history of Romania in particular, and also to stimulate and support civil society in its understanding and application of democracy and democratic principles the world over.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the living national memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, was established by Congress in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue of ideas.