The PMI Rising Leader Award (formerly PMI Young Professional Award) recognizes and honors a young professional who has made a significant impact in advancing project management within an organization, advancing the knowledge and understanding of the practice of project management, and demonstrating an understanding of PMI standards, practices and ethics.
Self-nomination is permitted.
Self-nominations require PMI affiliation or membership.
The nominee does not require PMI affiliation or membership.
The nominee must be within the ages of 25–35 years by March 1.
The Lead Nominator must be a PMI member in good standing.
Current PMI staff, PMI contractors, and/or PMI consultants are not eligible to apply for this award.
Number of Awards
There is no limit to the number of the PMI Rising Leader Awards granted annually.
The nominee may be nominated annually until they are 35 years of age at the time of applying.
PMI reserves the right not to select any winners for a particular year if the evaluations performed indicate that nominations do not meet the stated criteria.
The Lead Nominator must:
Be a PMI member in good standing.
Assemble and submit the nomination package.
Ensure that the nomination package is complete at the time of submission. Incomplete nomination packages will not be evaluated.
Review PMI General Nominations Guidelines.
The nomination package must contain the following:
The PMI Rising Leader Award online application includes four criteria that must be met. Description of contributions must highlight impact, outcomes, and results of the nominee’s efforts spanning three or more years.
Criterion 1: The nominee’s age as of 1 March must be 25-35 years, inclusive.
Criterion 2: These contributions are significant in nature and made a substantial impact within an organization, university or community.
Criterion 3: These contributions have advanced the knowledge and understanding of project management practices within an organization, university or community.
Criterion 4: These contributions demonstrate an understanding of PMI standards, practices and ethics.
Letters of nomination (no more than two pages each) from the Lead Nominator and each of the other nominators. Each letter should include:
Brief overview of nominator’s relationship to nominee or type of personal or professional relationship with person nominated and length of association with person nominated. Any direct personal or professional relationship of the nominator’s with the nominee must be stated.
A full description of the contributions deserving the award based on the stated criteria. Contributions must highlight impact, outcomes, and results of the nominee’s efforts spanning three (3) or more years. The description must clearly outline why the contributions represent an improved or enhanced use of project management or make a lasting contribution to the profession.
Length and type of association with the nominee. Any direct personal or professional relationship of the nominators with the nominee must be stated.
Each nominator must document their personal knowledge of the nominee’s contributions.
Nominators should be chosen to provide various perspectives of the nominee’s contributions.
A 60 second video of the nominee explaining why they should be selected for this award.