Our Prizes spotlight the invaluable achievements of others. They allow us to publicly support acts of political bravery from truth-telling journalists, leading activists, and visionary artists. Each prize is accompanied by a financial award, providing material support for future work.


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.