International Awards & Honours H-O

International Awards & Honours H-O
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Harold J. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education
Deadline: November 17
The McGraw Prize in Education annually celebrates innovation in education by recognizing outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of thoughtful and influential members in the international educational community. Each winner receives a gift of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture. The Prize will recognize individuals and their efforts to elevate human potential in education in three categories: K-12, Higher Education, and International Education.

Harvey Prize
Deadline: January 17
The Harvey Prize rewards excellence by recognizing breakthroughs in science and technology. The monetary Prize is a banner of recognition for men and women who have truly contributed to the progress of humanity. No less, however, the Prize is a source of inspiration. Serving as stimulus, the award urges scientists and scholars forward to further accomplishment. The Harvey Prize is awarded annually in a variety of disciplines within the categories of Science & Technology and Human Health. The Harvey Prize has also been awarded for Contribution to Peace in the Middle East.

Haskins Medal
Deadline: October 15
The Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies. First presented in 1940, the award honors Charles Homer Haskins, the noted medieval historian, who was a founder of the Medieval Academy and its second President.

Heineken Prizes
Deadline: October 15
The Heineken Prizes for scientists and scholars recognize and reward unique achievement in the fields of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Medicine, Environmental Sciences, History and Cognitive Science. These international prizes, worth $200,000 each, are offered biennially. These prizes are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. International juries will select the winners.

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize
Deadline: July 1 (every 5 years. Next in 2022)
The Government of Japan established the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in July 2006 in memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) whose belief in medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remain a beacon of inspiration to all. The Prize aims to honour individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind. The Prize consists of two categories: 

  • Medical Research honouring individual(s)
  • Medical Services honouring individual(s) or organization(s).

Each category of the Prize consists of a citation, a medal and an honorarium of 100 million yen (approximately 1.18 million dollars).

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry & Medicine
Deadline: February 14
The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and NHS category, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. The prize comprises a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories.

Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length and not have previously been published in any form. They must be by a living poet, written in English and should not be translations of another writer’s work. There is no limit to the number of entries. No poem may win more than one prize.

Holberg International Memorial Prize
June 15 
The prize is awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, either within these fields or through interdisciplinary work. The prizewinner must have had a decisive influence on international research.  The prize amount is NOK 6,000,000 million (approximately EUR 760,000/USD 617,000).

Horizon Prizes
Deadline: Varies
Horizon Prizes are 'challenge' prizes (also known as ‘inducement’ prizes) offering a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge. The aim is to stimulate innovation and come up with solutions to problems that matter to European citizens.

First a technological or societal challenge, for which no solution has been found, is defined; an award is promised for the delivered breakthrough solution; the award criteria give information about what the solution must be capable of proving; and the means to reach the solution are not prescribed, leaving contestants total freedom to come up with the most promising and effective solution.

Horizon Prizes are different from prizes such as the Nobel Prize or the Sakharov Prize which celebrate outstanding achievements performed in the past. Challenge prizes are a tried and tested way to support and accelerate change in the world and have become an important driver for innovation in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors worldwide.

International Prize for Biology – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Deadline: May 17
Awarded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Awarded to an individual who, in the judgment of the members of the Committee, has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology. The award consists of a medal and 10 million yen. A specific field of biology will be decided annually by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology.

IUPAC-Richter Prize (Chemistry)
Deadline: December 15
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) awards this prize to an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery.

J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine
Deadline: May 1
Robarts Research Institute awards the annual J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to a field of basic or clinical research in one of the Institute's principal areas of research. Each year a topic is selected and the scientific community is invited to nominate individual scientists or groups of scientists whose initiatives fall within that particular field of research. The recipient of the prize will receive $25,000 and a classical medallion bearing the likeness of J. Allyn Taylor.

The Japan Prize Foundation – The Japan Prize
Deadline: January 31
The Japan Prize is a prestigious international award presented to individuals whose original and outstanding achievements are not only scientifically impressive, but have also served to promote peace and prosperity for all mankind. Fields of study for the prize encompass all categories of science and technology, with two specific fields designated each year.  Each Japan Prize laureate receives a cash award of 50 million yen, a certificate of merit and a prize medal. The award is intended for a single person, in principle, but small groups of researchers are also eligible.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - Fellowships
Deadline: September 19
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity
Deadline: ongoing
The John W. Kluge Prize is designed deliberately to reward work in the wide range of disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes--including history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics. The prize is international; the recipient may be of any nationality, writing in any language. The prize is a $1 million award.

Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Awards Program
Deadline: September 25
The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields. The Scholars Award is a 3-year award in the gross amount of $150,000, which will be paid to the University (the “Recipient”) for the benefit of the J&J Scholar and her research, with the understanding that the Recipient will administer the funds.

Kavli Prize
December 1
The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for pioneering advances in our understanding of existence at its biggest, smallest, and most complex scales. Presented every two years in the fields of Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience, each of three international prizes consists of $1 million (U.S.). Laureates are chosen by committees whose members are recommended by six of the world’s most renowned science societies and academies.

Keio Medical Science Prize
Deadline: March 7
The Keio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine.

King Faisal International Prize for Science
Deadline: March 31
Through the Prize, the King Faisal Foundation seeks to show its appreciation to those individuals who have rendered exceptionally outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, and to scholars and scientists who have made significant contributions and advances in areas that benefit developing and Islamic countries, and humanity at large.  Each of the five Prize categories (Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, Science) consists of a certificate, hand written in Diwani calligraphy, summarizing the laureate's work; a commemorative 24 carat, 200 gram gold medal, uniquely cast for each Prize; and a cash endowment of SR750,000 (US$200,000).

Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize
Deadline: March 1
The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize rewards scientific work of high social relevance to the personality development of children and young people. It is of great importance to the Jacobs Foundation that scientific findings from interdisciplinary research should be applied in practice. The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is endowed with one million Swiss francs.

Kyoto Prizes
Deadline: September 20
The prize is a Japanese award similar in intent to the Nobel Prize, as it recognizes outstanding works in the fields of philosophy, arts, science and technology. The awards are given not only to those that are top representatives of their own respective field, but also to those that have contributed to humanity with their work.  Prizes are given in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts and Philosophy. The prize was endowed with 50 million yen and Kyocera stock.

The Lasker Awards
February 4
The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. The Lasker Awards will be offered in three categories in 2018: Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Special Achievement.

Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award in Basic Medical Science
Deadline: August 31
Since its inception, Brandeis University has placed great emphasis on basic science and its relationship to medicine. With the formation of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center, made possible by the generosity of Lewis S. Rosenstiel in 1968, research in basic medical science has been significantly expanded. These awards are viewed as a means of extending the Center's support beyond the campus community.

L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
June 16
Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years. The Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the Life Sciences, working in one of each of the following regions: Africa & the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000.

The Louis and Artur Lucian Award
March 22
The Louis and Artur Lucian Award was established through a bequest to McGill University under the will of the late Olga Leibovici to honour the donor's two brothers, and was conferred for the first time in 1978. The Award is designed to honour outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases by a scientific investigator or group of investigators whose contribution to knowledge in this field is deemed worthy of special recognition. As per the terms of the bequest, the work of the nominee must be current. The Louis and Artur Lucian Award consists of a $60,000 CDN prize to the recipient. It is hoped that through this Award, collaborative research in the field of circulatory diseases can be established between McGill and research centres elsewhere in Canada, the United States and other countries of the world.

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
Deadline: January 22
The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize has been awarded by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in the fields of biology or biochemistry. The purpose of this prize is to honor a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of these fields are deemed worthy of special recognition. The Prize consists of an honorarium and citation that are awarded at a special presentation event.

LUI Che Woo Prize
Deadline: January 31
The LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognise and honour individuals or organisations all over the world with outstanding achievements and contributions in respect of the following three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Sustainable development of the world
  • Objective 2: Betterment of the welfare of mankind
  • Objective 3: Promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy

There are three Prizes for the three objectives of the LUI Che Woo Prize (each a “Prize Category”) every year. Each awardee will receive a cash award of HK$20 million (equivalent to approximately US$2.56 million), a certificate and a trophy

The Man Booker Prize
Deadline: various

The Man Booker Prize awards any novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and published by a registered UK imprint; self-published novels are not eligible. For more details on submitting to the prize, please visit our submissions page. Deadline is March 10

The Man Booker International Prize for Fiction is awarded annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK by a registered imprint. Both novels and collections of short stories are eligible. Previously, the prize was awarded every two years for a writer's entire body of work. For more details on submitting to the prize please visit our submissions page. Deadline is October 6

The Man Booker Prize is prize worth £50,000 to the winner.

March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston Jr. MD Prize in Developmental Biology
Deadline: February 15
The March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology honors an outstanding scientist(s) who has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of prenatal development and pregnancy.  Created as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995, the Prize has was been awarded annually since 1996.  It is now named in recognition of Dr. Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and a former Medical Director of the March of Dimes. The Prize carries a cash award of $150,000 and a silver medal in the design of a Roosevelt dime, to commemorate our founder, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award
Deadline: January 25
The Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, established in 1996, by the American Academy of Religion, recognizes extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion. The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public as well. The contribution can be any medium (e.g., books, films, TV, public speaking), so long as it is based on scholarship in religion.

Massry Award
Deadline: May 27
The Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation established the Massry Prize in 1996 to recognize outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and the advancement of health.  The Massry Prize includes a substantial honorarium and twelve of its recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

MIT Technology Review Magazine – TR35
Deadline: February 1
The annual TR35 Global list recognizes the world’s 35 most outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, communications, and the Web.

National Academy of Engineering – Draper Prize
April 1
Recognized as one of the world's preeminent awards for engineering achievement, the Charles Stark Draper Prize honors an engineer whose accomplishment has significantly impacted society by improving the quality of life, providing the ability to live freely and comfortably, and/or permitting the access to information.  The Draper Prize is awarded biannually, the recipient receives a $500,000 cash award, and the prize recognizes achievements in all engineering disciplines.

National Academy of Engineering – Russ Prize
Deadline: April 1
The Russ Prize recognizes an outstanding bioengineering achievement in widespread use that improves the human condition. This achievement should help the public better understand and appreciate the contributions of engineers to our health, well-being and quality of life.  An auxiliary purpose of the Russ Prize is to encourage collaboration between the engineering and medical/biological professions to work closely together.  Awarded biennially (odd number years), the recipient receives a $500,000 cash award and a gold medallion. NAE members and non-members worldwide are eligible to receive the Russ Prize. 

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) – John P. Hubbard Award
September 14
This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional competency and educational program development at any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of healthcare.

Nobel Prizes
Deadline: January 31
Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. In 1968, economics was added to the list of fields. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Oliver Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics Science
Deadline: June 3
To recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. The prize consists of $20,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients.

Opus Prize
Deadline: November 15
The Opus Prize is an annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizing leaders and organizations that develop creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. The Prize is awarded in partnership with Catholic universities, providing new opportunities to inspire the next generation of servant leaders. From improving education in Afghanistan to supporting the families of incarcerated women in New York City, Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation