To recognize scientists, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and to the public’s understanding of science, the Association administers the awards listed below. All awards are presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting immediately following the award year.


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy


UPDATE: Nominations for the 2015 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy are now closed.  No further communication will be made until December 2015 when a nominee has been selected.


The Award

Many scientists and engineers contribute valuable time away from the established career paths of research, teaching, and publishing to foster activities and develop programs that both address key science questions and build important societal links. AAAS seeks to recognize an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific or engineering community for making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.

The AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy is presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting

Award Winners receive

  • a monetary prize of $5,000,
  • a commemorative plaque,
  • complimentary registration for the AAAS Annual Meeting,
  • reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting, and
  • a chance to publish a piece in Science & Diplomacy about his or her achievements.


The award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination. Any individual or small group in the scientific and engineering community that has contributed to the role of science cooperation in building stronger links between and among societies is eligible for this award.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations should be typed and include the following information:

  • nominator's name, address, and phone number
  • nominee's name and title, institutional affiliation, and address
  • a summary of the action(s) that form the basis for the nomination (about 250 words)
  • a longer statement, not to exceed three pages, providing additional details of the action(s) for which the candidate is nominated
  • a curriculum vitae (three page maximum) containing professional positions held
  • two letters of support (for self-nominations, letters must be emailed separately by the letter writer)
  • any documentation (books, articles, or other materials) that illuminates the significance of the nominee's achievement may also be submitted.

All materials become the property of AAAS.


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Past Recipients

Past recipients have contributed in many different ways to the advancement of science diplomacy. 


All materials must be received by 1 September.