International Awards & Honours A-G

International Awards & Honours A-G
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A.M. Turing Award
Deadline: January 15
The ACM Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing”, is given for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. It carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing.

Abel Prize
Deadline: September 15
The Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund was established on 1 January 2002, to award the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million NOK (about 750,000 Euro) and was awarded for the first time on 3 June 2003.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Sloan Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 17
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to approximately 120 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. The fellowships are a two-year term with a monetary amount of $70,000.

Alton Ochsner Award relating Smoking & Disease 
Deadline: March 31
The award is named in honor of Dr. Alton Ochsner, co-founder of the Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans. In 1939, Doctor Ochsner was the first to publish evidence relating cigarette (tobacco) smoking as the primary cause of lung cancer.

Arctic Inspiration Prize
October 15
The Arctic Inspiration Prize is intended for multidisciplinary teams who have made a substantial, demonstrated and distinguished contribution to the gathering of Arctic knowledge and who have provided a concrete plan and commitment to implement their knowledge into real world application for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.  One to ten Prizes, with associated awards totaling $3 million CAD, are presented annually to distinguished teams on a competitive basis.

Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards
Deadline: January 31
The Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Two prizes, of at least $100,000 CAD each, will be awarded annually.  The first award recognizes a researcher, or group of researchers, who has advanced understanding of food production, processing, distribution, consumption, safety and/or human nutrition, with a significant positive impact on society. The second award recognizes an individual, or group of individuals, who has contributed to improved nutritional health and/or food security, with a focus on strengthening disadvantaged communities.

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science
June 1
To recognize outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Some examples of relevant areas of research are: nonlinear optics, ultrafast phenomena, laser spectroscopy, squeezed states, quantum optics, multiphoton physics, laser cooling and trapping, physics of lasers, particle acceleration by lasers, and short wavelength lasers. The prize consists of $10,000 plus an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is awarded and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Titular Fellowships
Deadline: May 6
The ACU Titular Fellowships provide opportunities for staff from member universities and employees working in industry, commerce or public service in a Commonwealth country to spend periods of time at other member universities or relevant institutions outside their own country.

Baillet Latour Health Prize
Deadline: September 30
The Baillet Latour Health Prize differs from many other international science awards in that it seeks not to encourage fundamental research, but rather its most useful applications. As is the case with all prizes awarded by the Fund, its goal is to reward the scientific merits of a person - and not of an institution - and promote the continuation of his/her research.

Balzan Prizes
Deadline: March 15
The Balzan Prizes, awarded by the Italian/Swiss International Balzan Foundation, are chosen in two general subject areas: Literature, Moral Sciences and the Arts; and the Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and Medicine. The four Balzan Prizes, two per category, are awarded to scholars, artists and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. The subject areas in which the awards are granted are rotated, and this special characteristic of the Balzan Prize ensures the promotion and recognition of new or emerging fields of study or research that may have been overlooked by other international awards.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
June 28
These awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance. The name of the scheme is intended to encapsulate both research work that successfully enlarges the scope of our current knowledge – pushing forward the frontiers of the known world – and the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas.

Benjamin Franklin Medals
Deadline: ongoing
The Franklin Institute's Awards Program has long been recognized as the oldest, and most comprehensive science and technology honor bestowed in the country and around the world. The Benjamin Franklin Medals are awarded annually and span seven disciplines of science: chemistry, computer and cognitive science, earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, mechanical engineering, and physics.

Blue Planet Prize
Deadline: October 6
The Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize in 1992, an award presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application that have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hopes of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth’s fragile environment. Each recipient is presented with a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of ¥50 million.

Brandeis University – Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize
Deadline: April 1
The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal.

Breakthrough Prizes
Deadline: April 30
The Breakthrough Prize, recognized as the world’s largest science prize, honors top scientists, handing out up to five prizes in Life Sciences, one in Fundamental Physics and one in Mathematics. Each prize comes with a $3 million award.  In addition, up to six “New Horizons Prizes”, each for $50,000, are presented to promising early-career researchers in the fields of Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.

Bressler Prize in Vision Science
December 31
The Bressler Prize recognizes a professional in the field of vision science whose leadership, research and service have resulted in important advancements in the treatment of eye disease or rehabilitation of persons with vision loss. A panel of distinguished vision science professionals will select the winner who receives an unrestricted cash award of $50,000 which is presented in conjunction with a scientific symposium.

Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Presidents' Award
Deadline: January 15
The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) sponsors and presents the COPSS Presidents' Award annually to a young member of the statistical community in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. The award was established in 1976, consists of a plaque and cash award, and is presented annually.

Commonwealth Science Conference
Deadline: June (every 2-3 years)
The Commonwealth Science Conference will bring together scientists at all career stages to showcase the best science from across the Commonwealth. The multidisciplinary programme includes plenary lectures from eminent scientists and sessions on topical issues such as new technologies and their social acceptance, emerging infectious diseases, sustainable cities, low carbon energy, and the future of the oceans.

Construction Industry Council (CIC) - Construction Innovation Award (Hong Kong)
Deadline: August 15
Continuous innovation is vital to the sustainable development of the construction industry. Creative ideas and innovative solutions are recognised as important levers to effect growth and efficiency especially in today’s dynamic world.

Henceforth, the CIC Construction Innovation Award aims to spearhead development of new concepts to enable continuous improvements in the construction industry of Hong Kong. It also aims to recognise and promote new technologies and scientific breakthroughs by both local and international academia and industry practitioners.

Copley Medal
Deadline: January 30
The Copley Medal is the Society’s oldest and most prestigious award. The medal is now awarded annually for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science. The award alternates between the physical and biological sciences (odd and even years respectively).

Crafoord Prizes
Deadline: January 14
The Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences annually according to a rotating scheme. The prize sum of SEK 6 million makes the Crafoord one of the world’s largest scientific prizes.

Dan David Prize
November 30
Three prizes of US$ 1 million each are annually awarded to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and business, that have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to humanity. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future.

Dragon 100 Program
Deadline: April 15
The Dragon Foundation has a long-term commitment to nurturing talented young people of Chinese origin from around the world as leaders of tomorrow. Flagship programmes include the Dragon 100 which connects 100 young ethnic Chinese from around the world to get together in Hong Kong and visit the Greater China annually to learn about their heritage and culture and to study recent development in China, while also forging networks and exchanges; the Global Youth Entrepreneurs Forum which brings together young entrepreneurs and leaders in a two-day interactive workshop, held both in Hong Kong and the Mainland, where the participants learn and share from each other and others who are more established in the field; and the Lecture Series for Youth Leaders which gives young people the opportunity to learn from eminent figures, from around the world and from different sectors, to share their wisdom, knowledge and experiences.

Durham University – Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 8
The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is Durham University’s flagship research institute.  It seeks to catalyze new ideas by bringing together internationally recognized academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners.  IAS’ Fellowship Program provides an honorarium (£3,000); a travel allowance; accommodation; and funds for teaching buy-out if this is necessary in order for individuals to be able to accept the Fellowship (up to £8,000).  There are usually 18-20 fellowships available and each is for a three-month period.  Most will be awarded to individuals whose research coheres with the Institute’s annual theme. 

Eni Award
Deadline: November 10
The Eni Award was created to develop better use of renewable energy, promote environmental research and encourage new generations of researchers. The Award, which is annual, highlights the critical importance increasingly given by Eni in recent years to scientific research and issues of sustainability. The awards offered are:

  • One Energy Transition Prize;
  • One Energy Frontiers Prize;
  • One Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize;
  • Two Young Researcher of the Year Prizes;
  • Two Debut in Research: Young Talents from Africa Prizes;
  • Three Recognitions at Innovation Eni

Fermi Award
Deadline: November 21
The Fermi Award is a Presidential award and is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology honors bestowed by the U.S. Government. The Enrico Fermi Award is given to encourage excellence in research in energy science and technology benefiting mankind; to recognize scientists, engineers, and science policymakers who have given unstintingly over their careers to advance energy science and technology; and to inspire people of all ages through the examples of Enrico Fermi, and the Fermi Award laureates who followed in his footsteps, to explore new scientific and technological horizons. In this tradition, the Enrico Fermi Award continues to recognize scientists of international stature for their exceptional scientific, technical, engineering, policy, and/or management achievements related to the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs.

A Fermi Award winner receives a citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi, and an honorarium of $50,000. In the event the Award is given to more than one individual in the same year, the recipients share the honorarium equally. The Fermi Award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Fields Medal
Deadline: To be determined
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. The award consists of a gold medal bearing the profile of Archimedes and a cash amount of CAD $15,000.

Franklin Institute - Bower Award for Achievement in Science
Deadline: May 31
The award, with its gold medal and cash prize of $250,000, is presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year.

Fritz London Memorial Prize
Deadline: November 15
The Fritz London Prize was created to recognize scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances of the field of Low Temperature Physics. It is traditionally awarded in the first session of the International Low Temperature Conference, which is sponsored by the IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) and was first awarded in 1957.

Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize
September 30
The Fukuoka Prize was established to honor outstanding achievements by individuals or groups/organizations in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. The aim is to foster and increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures as well as to establish a framework within which Asians can learn from, and share with, each other.

Gerda Henkel Prize
Deadline: January 19
The Gerda Henkel Prize was set up in 2006 and is awarded every two years to excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Foundation (Archaeology, History, Historical Islamic Studies, Art History, History of Law, History of Science, and Prehistory and Early History). The Gerda Henkel Prize is worth 100,000 euros.

Global Young Academy - Membership
Deadline: September 15
Applications are sought from young, independent scholars (aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 3-10 years) who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.  The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities. Each member is expected to attend the Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organization’s programs, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, and supporting science & education at the international level.

Goncourt Prize (Prix Goncourt)
Deadline: March 31
Most prestigious prize in French language literature given to the "best imaginary prose work of the year".

Grawemeyer Award
Deadline: various
The Grawemeyer Awards are five annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion. The awards are designed to recognize a specific idea or achievement, rather than a lifetime of accomplishment.

Gruber Prizes
Deadline: December 15
The International Prize Program honors contemporary individuals in the fields of Cosmology, Genetics, and Neuroscience, whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.  The Gruber Foundation's Young Scientist Awards, selected in partnership with preeminent science organizations, aim to recognize brilliant early career scientists from around the world. Each prize carries a gold medal and unrestricted cash prize of $500,000.