120 Under 40 celebrates young champions of family planning


120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.

The project launched on September 26, 2015, World Contraception Day — an annual event that focuses international attention on enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health. Three rounds are planned: 2016, 2017 and 2019.

120 Under 40 shines a light on the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behavior and build on their success. The project’s international profile will increase awareness of family planning as critical to young people’s health and well-being and essential to sustainable global development.

120 Under 40 is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer.


Nominees must be 40 years old or younger by December 31, 2019, and must have made significant contributions to family planning in one of the following categories:

  • Advocacy
  • Programming/Program Implementation
  • Research
  • Service Delivery
  • Demand Generation
  • Policy/Government
  • Media

How to apply

If you wish to make more than one nomination, please complete a new form each time.

Please note:

    No self-nominations will be accepted.
    Staff of the Gates Institute are not eligible to be nominated. 
    2016 and 2017 nominees can be re-nominated for 2019.

For more information, please visit: https://www.120under40.org/about-us

Application deadline: 11 June 2019