Sidney Prize is awarded annually to a person or organisation that has made an impact on social change and the improvement of human life. Applicants should include one or two paragraphs (no more than 500 words) detailing why they believe their contribution to the world should be recognised. Applicants can come from any nationality, although a preference will be given to those of an Australian origin. The award is open to anyone who has shown academic achievement, personal attributes, community service, a requirement for start-up funding or the ability to inspire others.
The sidney prize is held in memory of Dr. Sidney Altman, Sterling professor of molecular biology at Yale University, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on catalytic RNA. He died on April 5 at the age of 82.
Winners of the sidney prize are announced every year and receive a cash prize of $10,000 to be used for research, publications, or other activities aimed at promoting social change. The prizes are funded by donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, and public institutions.
Each award is presented at a ceremony in the University Centre on Macon campus, and winners are accompanied by a representative from the sponsoring organization. The awards are given in the name of a person who has made a significant contribution to society, but are not intended as a compensation for any loss or benefit.
Since its founding, the sidney prize has been a significant source of funding for research into issues such as sexism and online abuse in American culture. It is also a prominent award in the field of investigative journalism. The award has been won by journalists from The New York Times, CMD and The Nation magazine, Bloomberg News, ProPublica, and Slate, among others.
Judges will select the prize winners and announce them at a ceremony in the University Centre on April 23. They will be awarded a plaque and a certificate, and their names will be published on the sidney prize website.
The sidney prize is open to anyone from any nationality, but a preference will be given to those of Australian origin. The award is open to anyone in Australia who has shown academic achievement, personal attributes, or community service, and a requirement for start-up funding.
Judith Wright Poetry Prize: The judges, Pam Brown, Toby Fitch and Lachlan Brown, have selected a shortlist of over 600 entries for the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $6000 and publication in the autumn 2023 issue of Overland, with second and third place receiving $2000 and $1000 respectively.
Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize: The judges, Laura Elvery, Paige Clark and Michael Winkler, have selected a shortlist of over 400 entries for the 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. The winner will receive $5000 and publication in the autumn 2023 issue of overland, with two runners-up receiving $750 and online publication at overland.
The sidney prize is funded by donations from individuals, foundations, business, and public institutions. The awards are held in memory of Dr. Sidney Alterman, Sterling professor of molecular biology in Yale’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1989 for his work on catalytic RNA. His death is a great loss to his family, his community and the scientific world at large.