Robert Burns Humanitarian Award
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is a globally respected honour bestowed annually on a group or individual who has
shown selflessness and dedication in a bid to save, enrich or improve the lives of others through the protection and
promotion of human rights and work to deliver social reform.
Named in honour of Scotland’s son Robert Burns, this much sought after humanitarian award applauds the efforts of people
who bring hope and inspiration, often in desperate situations, and help change lives for the better.
The RBHA is a celebration of Burns Night and is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a programme of events funded by
the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
As Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns is celebrated as a pioneer of his generation, with his dynamic vision
inspiring the founders of socialism and liberalism. The humanitarian values he embraced in his short life are captured
for eternity in his rousing world famous works which are now his legacy. Burns’ work continues to inspire people from
all walks of life and in all corners of the globe.
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is supported by South Ayrshire Council and EventScotland. The winner receives a
specially commissioned award handcrafted in Scotland and the equivalent of 1759 guineas – a sum which signifies the
year of the Bard’s birth and the coinage in circulation at the time – equating to £1,800 in today’s currency.
Burns is one of Scotland’s favourite icons, encapsulating the very essence that makes Scots Scottish. More information
about how to celebrate Burns’ Day and the life of the Bard himself can be found at