In order to celebrate the high personal accomplishments of scientists, artists, educators, economists and their intellectual contribution to the social, economic and cultural development of Ukraine, the Foundation established the Vernadsky Prize in 2000. A year later, the award became international, and the Foundation decided to award lifetime stipends.

  • In November 2000, the first celebration of the winners of Vernadsky Prize was held. There were 24 laureates, including academicians of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Borys Paton, Mykola Amosov, Oleksandr Vozianov, Ivan Dzyuba, Viktor Skopenko, Ukrainian celebrated artists Bogodar Kotorovych, Nina Matvienko, Kira Muratova, Igor Poklad, agrarian Dmytro Motornyi, physicist Vasyl Nazarenko, teachers Lyubov Plokhii and Tamara Shyrko.
  • In 2001, 23 persons, including citizens of other countries, became prize winners. Consequently, the award has become international.
  • In 2003, there were 15 winners of  Vernadsky Prize.
  • In 2004, 13 worthy people were awarded.
  • In 2005 (on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Foundation) 11 persons were awarded Vernadsky Prize.

Within 5 years, 53 people, including 5 citizens of other countries, have become award holders. 

The international laureates of the Foundation award include: 

In 2001, the Foundation introduced stipends for outstanding figures of science, culture, writing, and education.

23 persons became fellows of the Foundation: the founder of the national cybernetics Kateryna Yushchenko, the archaeologist Mykhailo Braichevskyi, the academicians of the National Academy of Sciences: a radiobiologist Dmytro Grodzynskyi and a chemist Vitalii Pokhodenko, the film actor Mykhailo Olyalin, the singer Yevgenia Miroshnychenko, the literary critic and publicist Yurii Badzyo, the ethnographer Lidiia Orel,  and others.