GRANTS & AWARDS
Award of Distinction Dental Hygienists
1. What are the Awards of Distinction?
The European Award of Distinction was established collaboratively by the Sunstar Foundation and the European Dental Hygienist Federation (EDHF) to honour and celebrate excellence among Dental Hygienists in Europe. The Awards of Distinction are part of a larger, global awards program and a similar program is organized in North America.
2. Who can apply?
These awards are reserved for officially registered dental hygienists.
3. How can I apply?
Simply visit the Sunstar Foundation website here and press on the apply button!
4. Until when can I apply?
Although the Award of Distinction are celebrated annually, nominations for the 2024 edition will be accepted from January 15th until April 15th, 2024
5. What do the nominations involve?
Nominations involve providing written answers to a set of questions (150 – 350 words per answer) that highlight the nominee´s contributions to elevating the dental hygiene profession in a specific category. There are 6 categories that these contributions may fall under: public health, full time clinician, academia, entrepreneur, new RDH and research.
6. Can I nominate somebody else?
Yes, you can nominate yourself or a colleague, as long as either of you are officially registered dental hygienists.
7. What happens once I apply?
You will receive a confirmation email that your nomination was received in good order and will be notified once the judging process has been completed and the winners are known.
8. Can I apply to more than one category?
No, you can only apply for one category. The first nomination submitted is the only one considered; subsequent submissions will be disregarded.
9. What language should the nomination be in?
To foster inclusivity, all material related to the Awards must be submitted in English. Submissions in other languages will be disregarded.
10. Are collaborative projects eligible for nomination?
While we recognize that success stories often involve collective efforts, only one name can be submitted. If you have multiple colleagues with noteworthy achievements, feel free to nominate each of them for their respective successful endeavours in the fitting category.
11. Who will be judging my work?
For the European awards, an independent selection committee assembled by the European Dental Hygienist Federation (EDHF) will judge nominations using a standard scoring system, ensuring impartiality. Meet the 2023 committee here. The same scoring system is used in the North-American program, where the judging is coordinated by Endeavor Business Media, LLC.
12. What happens if I know somebody on the selection committee?
Committee members with personal or professional ties to entrants must disclose them. Any member with such ties will not participate in the judging process of that specific nomination to prevent conflicts of interest.
13. How many winners can there be?
Each category will have one winner, totalling six winners across all categories.
14. What prizes will the winners get?
Winners will receive cash prizes of 1,000 EUR and are automatically nominated for the World Dental Hygienist Award (WHDA), providing an opportunity to win and attend the bi-annual International Symposium of Dental Hygiene (ISDH).
15. What happens if I win?
As soon as the winners are revealed, the Sunstar Foundation gets in touch to coordinate the announcement, payment process, and their automatic participation in the WDHA.
16. Is there a ceremony or event for award winners?
The Regional Awards of Distinction do not host a dedicated ceremony or event for winners. However, as winners are automatically nominated for the World Dental Hygienists Awards (WDHA), they have the chance to secure an invitation to the bi-annual International Symposium of Dental Hygiene (ISDH).
17. How are the winners announced?
The announcement for the winners is planned to be done via social media and the Sunstar Foundation Website.
18. When will the winners be announced?
The winner announcement date is still to be determined, although we plan to announce them in July 2024.
19. I am on the selection committee but would like to participate.
Committee members are not eligible for the awards to maintain impartiality and prevent conflicts of interest.
20. What countries are eligible for this Award?
Countries which are part of the delegate network of the European Dental Hygienist Foundation are eligible, including:
- Slovak Republic
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom