Current Calls for Nomination

The following external and/or campus awards have upcoming deadlines. Click on a “+” to expand the listing.

  • External Opportunities – Campus Coordinated
    The following award nominations are restricted and are coordinated in the Office of the Provost. For additional information or to recommend a colleague for nomination, contact provostawards@illinois.edu or (217) 244-3689.

    Crafoord Prize, sponsored by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

            • 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.

        Award/Prize amount: $700,000
        Application/Nomination information: Nominations are by invitation only. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information or to recommend a candidate.
        Agency deadline: January
        Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


        LUI Che Woo Prize, sponsored by LUI Che Woo Prize Limited

      • The LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognize and honour individuals or organizations all over the world with outstanding achievements and contributions in respect of the following three objectives: Sustainable development of the world, betterment of the welfare of mankind and promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy. Unlike other international prizes which have specific fields, the LUI Che Woo Prize is a new and prestigious international accolade awarded to individuals or organizations who have displayed remarkable achievements towards the three objectives of the Prize thereby contributing to world civilization. Thus, the coverage of the LUI Che Woo Prize is very broad, the recipients not being limited to academics and scientists.

    Award/Prize amount: $2,560,000
    Application/Nomination information: Nominations are by invitation only and are coordinated by the Office of the Provost. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information or to recommend a candidate.
    Agency deadline: January 31
    Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


  • External Opportunities – Open
    The following awards are open for nomination and are unrestricted on the Illinois campus. For additional information or for assistance with pursuing a nomination, contact the office listed.

    Distinguished Achievement Awards, sponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    The Distinguished Achievement Awards have two objectives: to enable notable scholars in the humanities to pursue their work under especially favorable conditions and to underscore the decisive contributions the humanities make to the nation’s intellectual life. The awards are intended for those who have made major contributions to their own disciplines, whose influence may well have extended more broadly to other fields, and whose current work promises to make significant new advances through both teaching and research. Amounting to as much as $1.5 million each, the awards will provide the recipients and their institutions with enlarged opportunities to deepen and extend humanistic research.

    Award/Prize amount: $1,500,000
    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate.
    Agency deadline: varies
    Illinois campus contact: foundationrelations@illinois.edu


    Kluge Prize, sponsored by John W. Kluge Center

    The Kluge Prize celebrates the importance of the study of humanity. The Prize recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society. The Prize rewards sustained achievement in a wide range of disciplines including history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics—disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. The Prize is awarded on a semi-regular basis, usually every two to three years.

    Award/Prize amount: $1,000,000
    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate.
    Agency deadline: January
    Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


    Lasker Award, sponsored by Lasker Foundation

    The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, and economics by Swedish and Norwegian institutions in recognition of academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances.

    Award/Prize amount: $250,000
    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate. Self-nominations are not accepted.
    Agency deadline: February
    Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


    National Medal of Arts, sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts

    The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who “…are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”

    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate.
    Agency deadline: February


    Nobel Prize, sponsored by Swedish Academy / Nobel Committee of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences / Nobel Committee of Karaolinska Institutet / Norwegian Nobel Committee

    The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, and economics by Swedish and Norwegian institutions in recognition of academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances.

    Award/Prize amount: $1,000,000
    Application/Nomination information: With the exception of the Nobel Peace Prize, nominations for the Nobel Prize are by invitation only.

    There is no restriction on who may nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Agency deadline: January


    Peabody Award, sponsored by Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia

    An eligible paper is one that includes original research data, theory, or synthesis; is a fundamental contribution to basic knowledge or is a technical achievement of far-reaching consequence; and is a first-time publication of the author’s own work.

    Application/Nomination information: Applications accepted.
    Agency deadline: January


    Pulitzer Prize, sponsored by Columbia University

    The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. Pulitzer Prizes are administered by Columbia University. There are 21 categories across journalism, letters, drama, and music. Anyone can submit an entry for a Pulitzer Prize. There is a non-refundable $50 entry fee. Deadlines are between October and January, depending on the category. Visit the website for details.

    Award/Prize amount: $10,000
    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate.
    Agency deadline: October-January


    Royal Society Awards, sponsored by The Royal Society

    The Royal Society has a broad range of medals, including premier awards, subject-specific awards, and medals celebrating the communication and promotion of science. All of these work to recognise and celebrate excellence in science. The full list of awards includes:

    Copley Medal
    Royal Medals (biological, physical and interdisciplinary)
    Croonian Medal and Lecture
    Bakerian Medal and Lecture
    Davy Medal
    Hughes Medal
    Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture
    Buchanan Medal
    Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture
    Francis Crick Medal Lecture
    Gabor Medal
    Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture
    Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
    Wilkins-Bernal Medawar Medal and Lecture
    Milner Award
    Royal Society Africa Prize

    Application/Nomination information: Generally, there is no restriction on who may nominate. Self-nominations are not accepted. See website for more specific information.
    Agency deadline: January
    Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


    Welch Award in Chemistry, sponsored by Robert A. Welch Foundation

    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 humankind. Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have a significant, positive influence on mankind. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner.

    Award/Prize amount: $500,000
    Application/Nomination information: There is no restriction on who may nominate. See website for more information.
    Agency deadline: last business day of January
    Illinois campus contact: provostawards@illinois.edu


  • Campus Awards