Honoring Social Justice Leaders Worldwide

Award Selection Process

The rigorous, multi-stage process is as follows:

  • DASJ invites nominators
  • Nominators submit nominees
  • DASJ Steering Committee reviews eligibility of each nominee
  • DASJ Steering Committee will shortlist eligible nominees for the second round and request additional information from the nominees
  • DASJ Steering Committee will select the finalists, after conducting due diligence
  • DASJ Selection Committee, comprised of representatives of the Steering Committee and other invited members, will conduct further research and select the awardee.  The award will be presented at a public event on August 15th, the anniversary of Suvash Darnal’s passing


The Darnal Award Steering Committee outlines the vision and objectives of the Award, develop the policies and guidelines for the Award, and select and invite the nominators.

The Darnal Award Steering Committee invites approximately 75 highly reputed scholars, intellectuals, leaders and activists from diverse backgrounds from within and outside Nepal to serve as nominators for a period of five years. Each nominators can nominate up to two candidates for each cycle. Self-nominations will not be taken into consideration.


Nominees can be individuals, organizations, or movements:

  • Individuals: activists, academics/scholars/researchers, media professionals, writers, artists, singers/music composers, policymakers, political leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders.
  • Organizations: governmental or non-governmental, or community-based organizations.
  • Movements for social justice: Movements dedicated to strengthening democracy and civil rights, particularly for historically marginalized groups.


The Award will be open to all irrespective of caste, ethnicity, class, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or nationality. For the first three cycles of the award, preference will be given to women and young persons (below 40 years) from the Dalit community of Nepal.

Relevant information about the selection process, nominators, and the Darnal Award Selection Committee will be made public at different stages of the award program.

Photo: Saptari, Nepal. Bhola Paswan, 2011

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