About John Heinz and the Academy

John Heinz served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991. Senator Heinz was a leading expert in Congress on private pension and health care policy, as well as a member of the Academy's Board of Advisors from the organization's inception in 1986.

The John Heinz Dissertation Award was established in 1993 with support from Teresa Heinz. The Heinz Dissertation Award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding doctoral research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions.

The Heinz Dissertation Award is one of several Academy programs designed to attract talented individuals to the field of social insurance and encourage the development of new administrators, scholars, and other professionals. The Academy is devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance, health care financing, and related issues through research and education.

The 2018 Heinz Dissertation Award will be presented at the Academy's annual conference in Washington, DC in January. The winner will receive a $3,000 prize, paid travel expenses to attend the award reception in Washington, DC, and complimentary registration to the Academy’s full conference. In addition, the Heinz Dissertation Award Winner will join a distinguished alumni network (40 scholars have been recognized with this Award since 1993) and become an Associate Member of the Academy. Heinz Dissertation Award winners receive invitations to a number of Academy events around the U.S., opportunities to publish with the Academy and speak at Academy events, as well as other unique leadership development opportunities.

About the Heinz Foundation
Led by Teresa Heinz, the Heinz Family Foundation and the Heinz Endowments concentrates a significant portion of their energies on educating the people who influence social policy areas of women’s economic opportunities, environment, arts, education, human health and aging, and cultural and societal enrichment.

The Academy thanks Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for its ongoing support of the John Heinz Dissertation Award program at the National Academy of Social Insurance.