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The award goes back to the initiative of the Friends’ Association of the ifa. Patron of the Theodor Wanner Award is the Federal Foreign Minister. The award is named after Theodor Wanner (1875-1955), on whose initiative the German Foreign Institute (DAI), today the ifa, was founded in 1917.
The prize money in the amount of 10,000 euros will go directly to a cultural and peace-building project chosen by the award recipient. He or she will be honoured by being given a prize object. In co-operation with the Steidl publishing house, the ifa also publishes a portrait volume on each recipient
The award recipients are selected by majority decision of a jury formed by the board of the Friends’ Association and the ifa. The jury is free in its selection.
Proposals may be submitted by members of the ifa, members of the Friends’ Association of ifa, the advisory councils and the staff of the ifa.