HUGO African Prize

(US$5000 / 1 Awardee)

HUGO African prize is supported by generous donation from Inqaba Biotechnical Industries.

The award was first given out in 2015 and HUGO has been able to connect with numerous inspiring African scientists. The HUGO African prize is aligned with HUGO’s mission to promote fundamental research worldwide, at all levels, including low-and-middle-income countries, and to foster scientific exchange in genomics with a particular emphasis on scientifically developing and emerging countries.


Criteria for the Award:

  • who has performed extraordinary work in biomedical sciences which has changed the thinking in the field where important technology was developed; and/or
  • who has uncovered new insights which brought forth new therapies; and/or
  • whose lifetime contribution has significantly impact the African region and who has primary affiliation in Africa

The award recipient will receive a sponsorship of up to USD 5,000 to our annual Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) – Human Genome Meeting with an economic flight, accommodation, registration fee and VISA application paid for. The award recipient will also be presented with a plaque or medal and any remaining of the USD 5,000 award will be in the form of a standing order for products and services from Inqaba Biotechnical Industries. He/She will be invited to attend the award presentation ceremony and present a plenary lecture in conjunction with the Human Genome Meeting.



  • 2020: Nikki Tiffin, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2019: Christian Happi, African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
  • 2018: Collen Masimirembwa, African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • 2017: Samia Temtamy, National Research Center, Egypt
  • 2016: Raj Ramesar, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2015: Alan Christoffels, South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), South Africa

HUGO African Prize

HUGO African Prize Review Committee

The Faculty of Scholars will serve as the Chen Awards Reviewing Committee.


Stylianos Antonarakis

Professor and Chairman, University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland


Kristen Ardlie

Director, Broad Institute, US


Karen Avraham

Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel


Walter Bodmer

Professor, University of Oxford, UK


Aravinda Chakravarti

Professor, New York University, US


Alfredo Hidalgo Miranda

Director of Research, INMEGEN, Mexico


Bartha Knoppers

Professor, McGill University, Canada


Tuuli Lappalainen

Professor, New York Genome Center, US


Raj Ramesar

Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Sarah Teichmann

Professor, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK


David Valle

Professor, Johns Hopkins University, US


Ambroise Wonkam

Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

HUGO African Prize

Process Timeline

March 2023 – Review by HUGO African Prize Review Committee
April 2023 – Public Announcement of Recipients
May 2023 – Prize Presentation Ceremony in conjunction with the Annual Human Genome Meeting

HUGO African Prize

Nomination Form & Guidelines

Applicants for this award should be actively engaged in human genetic and genomic research. Applications must reach the HUGO office by the published deadline. The award will be given out at the HUGO Human Genome Meeting (held annually).

  • There is no age limit for the candidates reviewed in this category;
  • Nominations must be submitted with a completed nomination form, as well as the candidate’s curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages including a list of recent publications

HUGO African Prize Nomination Form