The Award

The IPMA Young Project Manager Award is awarded annually to recognize and motivate young professional project managers around the world. It recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers for their accomplishments early in their careers. These honorees have demonstrated invaluable impact to both their profession and their companies, and are on the fast track to becoming influential project leaders on an international scale.

The Award recognizes those individuals who most effectively demonstrate their project management competence regardless of the scale number, complexity or type of projects referenced. The assessment focuses on the qualities of the individual, not the project.

  • Application is open for project managers aged between 18 to 35 at the time of applying, both IPMA members and non-members of IPMA, who have worked or are currently working on a project for at least six months.
  • If the IPMA Member Association or Regional Organization runs a national award program, applicants are initially entered and assessed at national/regional levels for local awards. Winners of local awards are forwarded to IPMA for inclusion in the global awards program and therefore represent the achievements of their fellow (national) project managers on a global arena.
  • Applicants are assessed on written submissions against standardized assessment criteria based upon the ICB (IPMA Competence Baseline) at both national and international levels.
  • There is no entry fee for these awards.


The three finalists of the international award receive a financial sponsorship package:

  • to attend the following year’s IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) and IPMA World Congress, or
  • to attend only the IPMA GYCW in case IPMA World Congress is not held that year.

The IPMA Young Project Manager of the Year award is awarded during the Young Crew Gala Ceremony at the GYCW.