John Heinz Dissertation Award

The nomination window for the 2020 Award has closed. View the press release announcing the winner

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. It 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 Heinz Dissertation Award winner receives $3,500, 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 John Heinz and the Academy

How to Apply for the John Heinz Dissertation Award

Past John Heinz Dissertation Awardees

About the Heinz Dissertation Committee

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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 in the 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.