AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy 2021 (Up to $10,000)

AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy 2021 (Up to $10,000)

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Nominations are open for the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy 2021. The Award recognizes an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific and engineering or foreign affairs communities who are making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.

Over the past 28 years, AAAS has honored an international cadre of science diplomacy practitioners whose work lies at the intersection of science, evidence-based decision-making, and diplomacy. AAAS first established the International Scientific Cooperation Award in 1992. The AAAS Board of Directors approves the award since it was renamed the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy in 2010.

This year, the award has been renamed for David and Betty Hamburg to recognize their unparalleled commitment to the significant role of science diplomacy to advance science, human rights, peace, and cooperation. The Hamburgs were longtime members and champions of AAAS throughout their professional lives.


The award recipient receives

  • A monetary prize of $10,000
  • A commemorative plaque
  • Complimentary registration for the AAAS Annual Meeting and reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses to attend
  • Worldwide promotion of their achievements through AAAS communication channels, and the opportunity to publish in Science & Diplomacy about their work


Any individual or small group in the scientific or foreign policy community that has contributed to the role of science cooperation in building stronger links between and among societies is eligible for the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg Award for Science Diplomacy.

  • The award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship.
  • Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
  • The award accepts self-nominations.


The submission form requests the following information:

  • Nominator’s name and contact information (including email, address, and phone number)
  • Nominee’s name and title, institutional affiliation, and contact information (email, address, and phone number)
  • A summary of the accomplishment(s) that form the basis for the nomination (about 250 words)
  • A longer statement (not to exceed three pages) providing additional details of the accomplishment(s) for which the individual/group is nominated
  • A CV (three-page maximum) of the nominee(s)
  • One letter of support written by someone other than the nominator (for self-nominations we request two letters, which should be submitted separately by the letter writer)
  • Optional: Documentation (links to books, articles, or other materials) that illuminates the significance of the nominee’s achievement may also be submitted.

Click here to nominate

For more information, visit AAAS Award.