TYPE Prizes & Events

Our prizes and events spotlight the invaluable achievements of truth-telling journalists, leading activists, visionary artists, and more. They allow us to draw communities together around a common cause, and to publicly support acts of political bravery. Our prizes are accompanied by financial awards, providing material support for future work in line with our mission.

Click here to see a schedule of past and upcoming events, or read on for an overview of our annual programs.

The Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and Type Media Center are mutual sponsors of an annual $100,000 award given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through courageous, distinctive, and socially responsible work. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and inspire others to challenge prevailing orthodoxies.

Ridenhour Prize

The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The Robert Masur fellowship is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer between their first and second year in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The recipient gets a $2,000 honorarium.

Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture Series on the Fate of the Earth

The Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture Series on the Fate of the Earth is an annual lecture of original work delivered by a speaker selected each year by committee addressing topics written on by Schell during his life including environmentalism, nuclear disarmament, and peace but may include any important issue on which the future of humanity and other life on the Earth might depend.


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