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To recognize scientists, engineers, authors, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsors a wide range of awards and prizes.

The 2022 awards cycle will open on April 15 2021. As this time draws near, please check specific details, including final submission deadlines, for each award regarding eligibility requirements and methods of submission.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is committed to equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected categories. AAAS seeks as diverse a pool of award nominations as possible, including as well a wide range of disciplines, institutional types, and geographical locations.

All award winners are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

This application portal is for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science award, which recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. 

Additional AAAS Awards

  • AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy

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

  • AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

    AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility honors scientists, engineers, and their organizations whose exemplary actions have demonstrated scientific freedom and/or responsibility in challenging circumstances.

  • AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

    The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards honor distinguished reporting on science by professional journalists. Made possible by a generous endowment by The Kavli Foundation, the contest is open to journalists worldwide.

  • AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science

    The AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science.

  • John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences

    The John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences honors outstanding behavioral scientists from around the world. The lecture was endowed by the John P. McGovern Foundation.

  • AAAS Mentor Awards

    The AAAS Mentor Awards recognize individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers.

  • AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

    The AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, supported by The Fodor Family Trust, was established in 1923 and is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding paper published in the Research Articles or Reports sections of Science.

  • AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize

    AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of science as a public servant, or a scientist who has been distinguished for both scientific achievement and other notable services.

  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

    The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. AAAS and Subaru of America, Inc. co-sponsor the prize to recognize recently published works.

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