Inventory of International Awards

Abel Prize

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.

Deadline date: September 15th

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is an architectural prize that aims to identify and reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations is Islamic societies in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community development and improvement, restoration, reuse and area conservation as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.

Deadline date: September 15th

Albert Einstein World Award of Science

The Albert Einstein World Award of Science was created to recognize and serve as an incentive to scientific and technological research and development, with special consideration to research that has brought true benefit and well-being to mankind. The award is made by the World Cultural Council. The winner of the award is elected by the Interdisciplinary Committee, which is composed of world renowned scientists, among them 25 Nobel laureates. The award consists of a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and US$10, 000.

Deadline date: November 28th

Arthur Rubinstein International Music Prizes

The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Prizes are presented to young master pianists whose talents reveal outstanding musicianship as well as the ability to render versatile, artistically convincing interpretations of works ranging from the pre-classical to the contemporary.

Deadline date: The 15th annual competition will take place between April 25th and May 11th

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards

The Lindgren Award recognizes one (or more) living people and/or extant institutions, for their career contributions and institutions for their long-term sustainable work. Specifically they should be "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality, and in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren."

Deadline date: May 15th

Balzan Prizes

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.

Deadline date: March 15th

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. These international awards span eight categories: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Biomedicine, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management, Contemporary Music, Climate Change and Development Cooperation.

Deadline date: June 30th

Benjamin Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute's Awards Program has long been recognized as the oldest, and most comprehensive science and technology honor bestowed in the United States 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.

Deadline date: No deadline (open)

Berggruen Philosophy Prize

The Berggruen Philosophy Prize is awarded annually to a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity

Deadline date: May 31st

Blue Planet Prize

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.

Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science was established in 1990. It is presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year.

Deadline date: May 31st

Breakthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prizes honor important, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public. Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money. They attend a televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions. Those that go on to make fresh discoveries remain eligible for future Breakthrough Prizes.

Deadline date: May 31st

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists – theoretical, mathematical and experimental – working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The Prize can be shared among any number of scientists.

Deadline date: May 31st

Breakthrough Prize in Life Science

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Science is awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life. The Foundation will award up to six prizes and one prize is specifically dedicated to Parkinson’s & Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Deadline date: May 31st

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics is given annually to one individual that has made recent (in the last 10 years, although earlier contributions may also be taken into account) outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics.

Deadline date: May 31st

Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes those who have made scientific advances in one of four areas: basic science, clinical science or population or environmental health. This award is given to a scientist whose advances have (or will potentially have) a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.

Deadline date: October 1st

Canada Gairdner International Awards

These awards are given to biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine resulting in increased understanding of human biology and disease (5 annual awards).

Deadline date: October 1st

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is awarded for extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering

Deadline date: October 15th

Copley Medal

The Copley Medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in research of any branch of science. The award alternates between the physical and biological sciences (odd and even years respectively).

Deadline date: January 30th

Crafoord Prize

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 4 million makes the Crafoord one of the world´s largest scientific prizes.

Deadline date: January 13th

Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize is an international prize which annually awards three prizes of US$ 1 million each for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future. The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.

Deadline date: November 30th

Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize

The Dorothy and Lilian Gish Prize is awarded annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life”

Draper Prize

One of the world's preeminent awards for engineering achievement, The Charles Stark Draper Prize was established by the National Academy of Engineering and endowed by Draper Laboratory in 1988 to recognize innovative engineering achievements and their reduction to practice in ways that have led to important benefits and significant improvement in the well-being and freedom of humanity.

Deadline date: April 1st

Fermi Awards

The Fermi Awards are given to encourage excellence in research in energy science and technology benefiting to 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.

Deadline date: November 21st

Fields Medal

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.

Deadline date: December 31st

Gerda Henkel Prize

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, and Pre- and Protohistory). The Gerda Henkel Prize is worth 100,000 euros. The prize money may be used at the winner’s discretion.

Deadline date: January 15th (Biennial)

Gittler Prize

Recognizes outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relation. The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal.

Deadline date: March 15th

Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.

Deadline date: N/A

Grawemeyer Award

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.

Deadline date: January 17th

Gruber Prizes

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.

Deadline date: December 15th

Gruber Prize in Cosmology

The Gruber Prize in Cosmology is awarded to a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe.

Deadline date: December 15th

Gruber Prize in Genetics

The Gruber Prize in Genetics is awarded to individuals who have made original discoveries in the fields of genetic function, regulation, transmission, or variation or in genomic organization

Deadline date: December 15th

Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

The Gruber Prize in Neuroscience is awarded to individuals from anywhere in the world who have conducted highly distinguished research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system.

Deadline date: December 15th

Guggenheim Fellowship

United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Deadline Date: September 19th

Harvey Prize

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.

Deadline date: February 7th

Heineken Prizes

The Heineken Prizes consist of eleven awards biannually bestowed by Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for outstanding performance in: Biophysics, Biochemistry, Cognitive Science, Medicine, History, and Environmental Science

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics is awarded by the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and supports outstanding research in biochemistry and biophysics.

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science

The C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences is awarded to an individual who has done outstanding work in cognitive science. The prize draws attention to the importance of studying the cognitive functions of human and animals, a relatively new branch of science.

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Heineken Prize for Environmental Science

The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement in the environmental sciences.

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Heineken Prize for History

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in the field of history.

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Heineken Prize for Medicine

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine is awarded to a scientist who has conducted pioneering medical research.

Deadline date: October 15th (biennial)

Holberg International Memorial Prize

The Holberg International Memorial Prize is awarded annually for outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The prize amount is NOK 4.5 million (Appr. EUR 570,000/ USD 800,000). 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.

Deadline date: June 15th

InBev-Baillet Latour Health Prize

The InBev-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.

Deadline date: September 30th

International Cosmos Prize

The International Cosmos Prize is an annual award presented by the Expo'90 Foundation. Its purpose is to honor those who have, through their work, applied and realized the ideals which the Foundation strives to preserve. The prize will be awarded for research work that has achieved excellence and is recognized as contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms, the interdependence of life and the global environment, and the common nature integrating these inter-relationships. It should be characterized by a global perspective which tries to illuminate the relationships between diverse phenomena, in keeping with the concepts and principle of "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind." Prize is worth 40 million yen.

Deadline date: April 15th

Japan Prize

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and the prosperity of mankind. Each year two fields of scientific endeavor are honored. The Japan Prize laureates receive a certificate of merit and a prize medal. A cash prize of 50 million yen (approx. US$650,000) is also awarded for each prize field.

Deadline date: February 28th

John Scott Award

The John Scott Award is given for innovation which contributes to the “comfort, welfare and happiness” of mankind. Most awards have been given for innovation in science and medicine.

John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity

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 $1million award. The Prize is administered by the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress.

Deadline date: No deadline (nominations accepted on a rolling basis)

Joseph B. Gittler Award

The Joseph B. Gittler Award was established through a bequest from Joseph Gittler, PhD, who wished to recognize psychologists who are making and will continue to make scholarly contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge.

Deadline date: March 15th

Kavli Prize

The Kavli Prizes are a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (USA) and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. It is awarded every second year. The Kavli Prize was established to: Recognise outstanding scientific research; Honour highly creative scientists; Promote public understanding of scientists and their work; Foster international cooperation among scientists.

Deadline date: December 1st (biennial)

Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge of cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, solar physics, space science, astrobiology, astronomical and astrophysical instrumentation, and particle astrophysics.

Deadline date: December 1st (biennial)

Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science and application of the unique physical, chemical, and biological properties of atomic, molecular, macromolecular, and cellular structures and systems that are manifest in the nanometre scale, including molecular self-assembly, nanomaterials, nanoscale instrumentation, nanobiotechnology, macromolecular synthesis, molecular mechanics, and related topics.

Deadline date: December 1st (biennial)

Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system, including molecular neuroscience, cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, neurogenetics, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and related facets of the brain and nervous system.

Deadline date: December 1st (biennial)

Keio Medical Science Prize

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. Agency relevance: CIHR

King Faisal International Prize for Science

The King Faisal Foundation believes that it is through the collective efforts of outstanding individuals that the highest aspirations are realized. The prize for science recognizes significant advances in specific areas that benefit humanity. The aim is also to encourage further research that could lead to medical and scientific breakthroughs.

Deadline date: April 1st

Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize has been awarded annually since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, founded by Kazuo Inamori. 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. 

Deadline date: September 20th

Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

The Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology is awarded on a rotating basis to researchers in the following four fields: Electronics, Biotechnology and Medical Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, and Information Science

Deadline date: September 20th

Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy

The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy is awarded in alternating cycles to researchers in the following fields: Music, Arts, Theater and Cinema, and Thought and Ethics.

Deadline date: September 20th

Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences

The Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences is awarded on a rotating basis to researchers in the following fields: Mathematical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Cognitive Sciences.

Deadline date: September 20th

Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize

The Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize was established to recognize people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression

Deadline date: N/A

Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

The Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honours outstanding discovery, contribution and achievement in the field of medicine and human physiology.

Deadline date: February 1st

Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award

The Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors investigators whose contributions have improved the clinical treatment of patients.

Deadline date: February 1st

Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science

The Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science honors scientists whose contributions to research are of unique magnitude and have immeasurable influence on the course of science, health, or medicine, and whose professional careers have engendered within the biomedical community the deepest feelings of awe and respect.

Deadline date: February 1st

Leeds International Piano Competition

The Leeds International Piano Competition is an international competition that selects its prize winners based on a combination of factors; musical refinement, versatility, sensitivity and passion, as well as commitment and the strength to take on an international concert career.

Deadline date: Competition from September 6th to 15th

Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research

In 1971, the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research was established as an expression of the conviction that educational institutions have an important role to play in the encouragement and development of basic science as it applies to medicine.

Deadline date: August 31st

L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Each year an international jury alternates between life and material sciences and selects a winner from each of the following regions: Africa and the Middle East; Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; North America.

Deadline date: June 20th

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

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.

Deadline Date: January 25th

Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. Launched in 2005, The Man Booker International Prize has already established itself as a major player in the literary world and has literary excellence as its sole focus. The Man Booker International Prize highlights one writer's overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer's body of work rather than a single novel. Writers from across the globe are eligible for the bi-annual prize, provided their work is available in English.

Massry Award

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.

Deadline date: May 27th

Max Planck Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

Excellent scientists and scholars of all nationalities who are expected to continue producing outstanding academic achievements in international collaboration - not least with the assistance of this award - are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck Research Award. On an annually-alternating basis, the call for nominations addresses areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences and humanities. As a rule, each award is endowed with 750,000 EUR and may be used over a period of three to a maximum of five years to fund research chosen by the award winner.

Deadline date: January 15th

Millennium Technology Prize

The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland's tribute to life-enhancing technological innovations. Awarded for a specific, groundbreaking innovation in the field of technology, the winning innovation must be shown to promote people’s quality of life and sustainable development both now and in the future. The Prize is not intended for cumulative accomplishments over a lifetime career. The largest technology prize in the world, awarded once every two years. The prize pool for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize was € 1.2 million which was divided equally between the two Winners.

Deadline date: July 31st (awarded in even years)

Nehru Award for International Understanding

The Nehru Award for International Understanding is given for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill, and friendship among peoples of the world.

Niwano Peace Prize

The Niwano Peace Prize is awarded to a living individual or organization that is making a significant contribution to world peace through promoting interreligious cooperation.

Nobel Prizes

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.

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Prize in Physics

Physics was the prize area which Alfred Nobel mentioned first in his will. At that time, in the end of the nineteenth century, many people viewed physics as the foremost of the sciences, and perhaps Nobel saw it this way as well. His own research was also closely tied to physics. In 1901 the very first Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays. In more recent years, the Physics Prize has been awarded for both pioneering discoveries and groundbreaking inventions. The Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Chemistry was the most important science for Alfred Nobel’s own work. The development of his inventions as well as the industrial processes he employed were based upon chemical knowledge. Chemistry was the second prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. In 1901 the very first Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jacobus H. van 't Hoff for his work on rates of reaction, chemical equilibrium, and osmotic pressure. In more recent years, the Chemistry Laureates have increased our understanding of chemical processes and their molecular basis, and have also contributed to many of the technological advancements we enjoy today. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Alfred Nobel had an active interest in medical research. Through Karolinska Institutet he came into contact with Swedish physiologist Jöns Johansson around 1890. Johansson worked in Nobel’s laboratory in Sevran, France for a time that year. Physiology or medicine was the third prize area Nobel mentioned in his will. In 1901, Emil von Behring was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on serum therapy, particularly for its use in the treatment of diphtheria. The Medicine Prize has subsequently highlighted a number of important discoveries including penicillin, genetic engineering and blood-typing. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Prize in Literature

Alfred Nobel had broad cultural interests. The interest that he developed in literature during his early youth lasted throughout his life. His library holds a rich spectrum of literature in different languages. Further evidence of Nobel’s literary interest was that during the last years of his life, he began writing fiction again. Literature was the fourth prize area Nobel mentioned in his will. The very first Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1901 to the French poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme, who in his poetry showed the "rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect". Over the years, the Nobel Prize in Literature has distinguished the works of authors from many different languages and cultural backgrounds. The Literature Prize has been awarded to unknown masters as well as authors acclaimed worldwide. The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded by the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden.

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Peace Prize

Alfred Nobel was interested in social issues. He developed a special engagement in the peace movement. An important factor in Nobel’s interest in peace was his acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner. Perhaps his interest in peace was also due to the use of his inventions in warfare and assassination attempts? Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, shared the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 with Frédéric Passy, a leading international pacifist of the time. In addition to humanitarian efforts and peace movements, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for work in a wide range of fields including advocacy of human rights, mediation of international conflicts, and arms control. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway), Oslo, Norway.

Deadline date: January 31st

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's central bank) established the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. The Prize is based on a donation received by the Foundation in 1968 from Sveriges Riksbank on the occasion of the Bank's 300th anniversary. The first Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen in 1969. The Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, according to the same principles as for the Nobel Prizes that have been awarded since 1901.

Deadline date: January 31st

Opus Prize

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.

Deadline date: November 15th

Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

The Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize is one of the most important and distinguished awards in biomedical research in Germany. Since 1952, the prize has been awarded to more than 100 scientists who have made important contributions to Paul Ehrlich's pioneering work. Many winners of the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize have also received the Nobel Prize.

Deadline date: March 31st

Philadelphia Liberty Medal

The Philadelphia Liberty Medal recognizes leadership in securing liberty to people the world over.

Deadline date: N/A

PICNIC Green Challenge

The PICNIC Green Challenge is an international competition where people are invited to send in creative and innovative ideas to help the environment. The ideas can be new products, services, concepts, and work processes which directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as score well on factors such as convenience, quality and design.

Deadline date: June 1st

Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize recognizes international excellence in the world of music. It is awarded annually to one contemporary musician and one classical musician.

Praemium Imperiale

The Praemium Imperiale is an arts prize awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association in the fields painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film. Six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Advisor, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film. The award consists of a gold medal and 15 million yen, and was created by the Fujisankei Communications Group, which pays the expenses of around $3 million per year.

Deadline date: N/A

Priestley Medal

The Priestley Medal is the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is awarded for distinguished service in the field of chemistry.

Deadline date: November 1st

Pritzker Architecture Prize

The Pritzker Architecture Prize honours a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision or commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the build environment through the art of architecture.

Deadline date: November 1st

Queen Elizabeth Prize

The Queen Elizabeth Prize is a global engineering prize that rewards and celebrates the engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity.

Deadline date: August 26th (biennial)

Right Livelihood Awards

The Right Livelihood Awards are given to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to “the most urgent challenges facing us today”

Deadline date: March 1st

Robert Koch Award

The Robert Koch Prize is one of the most prestigious scientific commendations in Germany. It is awarded annually, under the patronage of the German Minister of Health, for outstanding and internationally recognised scientific achievements.

Deadline date: March 31st

Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Each Rolex Award for Enterprise is given for a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world – one that deserves support for its capacity to improve lives, or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. These projects have touched all aspects of humanity by expanding knowledge or improving life on the planet. Each laureate receives 100,000 Swiss francs for their project.

Deadline date: June 30th

Russ Prize

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.

Deadline date: April 1st (biennial)

Seoul Peace Prize

The Seoul Peace Prize is awarded to individuals or institutions that made great contributions to the harmony of mankind and world peace through: Maintenance or restoration of peace in a disputed region or the world at large; Promotion of understanding and reconciliation among peoples and nations; Human development projects or initiatives; and Peace building through the advancement of human rights, democracy, feminism, environment, and science and technology.

Deadline date: April 15th (biennial)

Shaw Prize

Established under the auspices of Mr Run Run Shaw in November 2002, the Prize honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or application and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars.

Deadline date: November 30th

Shaw Prize in Astronomy

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of astronomy.

Deadline date: November 30th

Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine

The Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine is awarded to individuals for innovations in biomedical sciences and clinical medicine.

Deadline date: November 30th

Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of mathematical sciences.

Deadline date: November 30th

Sloan Research Fellowships

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 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Deadline date: September 15th

Stockholm Water Prize

First presented in 1991, the Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities. The prize honours individuals, institutions or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems. Any water-related activity is eligible as the purpose of the award is to recognise the most visionary and creative minds that through their accomplishments drive water development forward.

Deadline date: September 25th

Tang Prize

Taiwanese businessman Samuel Yin has endowed a new science prize. Individuals or institutions that have demonstrated what judges deem to be the most creative and influential research will receive about $1.36 million in each of four fields; an additional $341,000 will support recipient-proposed plans for research and talent development in related fields for 5 years. The prizes will be awarded biennially for work in sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology, and rule of law. The first prizes were awarded in July 2014.

Deadline date: September 30th

Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

The Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science recognizes original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health.

Deadline date: September 30th

Tang Prize in Rule of Law

The Tang Prize in the Rule of Law recognizes individual(s) or institution(s) who have made significant contributions to the rule of law, reflected not only in the achievement of the candidate(s) in terms of the advancement of legal theory or practice, but also in the realization of the rule of law in contemporary societies through the influences or inspiration of the work of the candidate(s).

Deadline date: September 30th

Tang Prize in Sinology

The Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense, awarding research on China and its related fields, such as Chinese thought, history, philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, religion, traditional canons, literature, and art (excluding literary and art works). Honoring innovations in the field of Sinology, the Prize showcases Chinese culture and its contributions to the development of human civilization.

Deadline date: September 30th

Tang Prize in Sustainable Development

The Tang Prize in Sustainable Development recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainable development of human societies, especially through groundbreaking innovations in science and technology.

Deadline date: September 30th

Tchaikovsky Music Competition

The Tchaikovsky Music Competition is a classical music competition held every four years in Moscow for pianists, violinists and cellists between 16 and 32 years of age, and singers between 19 and 32 years of age.

Deadline date: Competition from June 15th to 25th

Templeton Prize

The Templeton prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his words, to identify "entrepreneurs of the spirit"--outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather the quest for progress in humanity's efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine.

Deadline date: July 1st

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon mankind. Tyler Laureates receive a $200,000 annual prize.

Deadline date: September

Volvo Environment Prize

Established in 1988 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes. It is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field". Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives. It consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 167 000 or USD 209 000).

Deadline date: January 10th

Von Siemens Music Prize

The Von Siemens Music Prize is an annual music prize which honours a composer, performer or musicologist who has made a distinguished contribution to the world of music.

Deadline date: September 15th (first round) and March 1st (second round)

Wallenberg Prize

The Wallenberg Prize aims to recognize, encourage and stimulate path breaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

Deadline date: Nominations are accepted by e-mail or mail at any time of the year.

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, in association with Harvard Medical School, recognizes researchers for their contributions to humanity and their breakthroughs in the understanding and curing of major diseases. Prize is $250,000.

Deadline Date: October 31st

Welch Award

The purpose of The Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of mankind. Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner. The value of the award is $300,000.

Deadline date: January 31st

Wolf Prizes

The Wolf Prize is an international award granted in Israel, that has been presented most years since 1978 to living scientists and artists for "achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples ... irrespective of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views." In science, they are awarded in chemistry, physics, mathematics, agriculture, medicine. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among architecture, music, painting and sculpture.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Arts

The Wolf Prize in Arts is awarded for outstanding contribution to the field of art. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among architecture, music, painting and sculpture.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Agriculture

The Wolf Prize in Agriculture is awarded for outstanding research and achievements in the field of agriculture.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Chemistry

The Wolf Prize in Chemistry is awarded for outstanding research and achievements in the field of chemistry.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Mathematics

The Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded for outstanding research and achievements in the field of mathematics.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Medicine

The Wolf Prize in Medicine is awarded for outstanding research and achievements in the field of medicine.

Deadline date: August 31st

Wolf Prize in Physics

The Wolf Prize in Physics is awarded for outstanding research and achievements in the field of physics.

Deadline date: August 31st

World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply -- food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences. Award is up to $250,000.

Deadline date: May 1st


An X-Prize is a highly leveraged, incentivized prize competition that pushes the limits of what’s possible to change the world for the better. The topic areas change after the competition has been completed.

Deadline date: Varies per competition

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