Open applications for the World Dental Hygienist Awards


Sunstar Foundation’s World Dental Hygienist Awards is open for applications for its 2024 edition. After a two-year hiatus forced by Covid-19, Sunstar Foundation presents a revamped version of the World Dental Hygienist Awards.

The Awards aim to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to the dental hygiene field in a wide variety of areas, such as research, education, patient care, public health, or the general public. In this new edition, the Sunstar Foundation presents two main updates: the creation of regional awards in Europe and North America, The Awards of Distinction, and the possibility to nominate oneself or a colleague.

Together with two regional awards of distinction – in Europe, and North America – the World Dental Hygienist Awards form a unique awards program designed to celebrate dental hygienists all over the world who are helping to elevate the Dental Hygienist profession. They are presented every two years at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH).

The World Dental Hygienist Awards consist of a trophy, cash prizes, and reimbursement for participation and travel to the ISDH. Nominations for the 2024 awards will be accepted from January 1st, 2023, until March 1st, 2024!

The Regional Awards of Distinction

New to the World Dental Hygienist Awards program are the integration of two regional Awards of Distinction, one for Europe and one for North America. Besides their objective to recognize regional individual success stories in dental hygiene, these two regional awards of distinction also act as a “qualification round” for the global World Dental Hygienist Awards (WDHA) program, as each winner will be automatically nominated for the global awards. Dental Hygienists from Europe and North America must first participate in the regional Award of Distinction program. After each regional edition, which will be celebrated yearly, the SUNSTAR Foundation will be in touch with the regional winners to coordinate participation in the global World Dental Hygienist Awards.

A total of six winners will result from the European Awards of Distinction selection, and each of them will receive EUR1,000 and will be automatically nominated for the Global World Dental Hygienist Awards. Nominations for the regional Awards of Distinction will be accepted from January 23rd, 2023, to March, 31st, 2023.

How to apply?

Applicants for the World Dental Hygienist Awards must first choose the field they want to compete in from six different categories: Public Health, Full-time Clinician, Academia, Entrepreneur, New RDH, and Research. Then, the application consists of two parts: written answers to a set of questions inquiring about what has been done to elevate the Dental Hygienist profession, and a 1-minute video explaining the nomination to the general public. Always bear in mind that those applying from Europe or North America will have to first go through the Regional Awards Of Distinction.

Find more information on the How to Apply page.

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