AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards



The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for professional journalists in the science writing field. The awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience and honor individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Starting in 2015, the awards are open to journalists worldwide.

Since their inception in 1945, the awards have gone to more than 330 individuals for their achievements in science journalism. The winning journalists have helped to foster the public’s understanding and appreciation of science. Independent screening and judging committees select the winning journalists and their entries based on scientific accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation and value in fostering a better understanding of science by the public.

Committees composed of reporters and editors judge the entries. The decisions of the judging committees are final.

The 2015 awards will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in February 2016. In each category, there are now two awards: Gold, with a prize of $5,000, and Silver, with a prize of $3,500. AAAS will reimburse winners for reasonable travel and hotel expenses. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s travel expenses will be covered.

2016 Contest

The entry deadline for the 2016 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award is August 1. The entry submission website is will be open in early May, 2016.

Contest Year: 16 July 2015 through 15 July 2016

Deadline: All entries must be submitted on or before 1 August 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

Previous Recipients

Read the AAAS news article about the 2015 winners.

View the list of 2015 winners and past recipients.

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