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 Robert Masur fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $2,000 honorarium.
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and Type Media Center are the mutual sponsors of an annual award in the amount of $100,000 given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance. Candidates are to be found in a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.
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.
Past recipients include Tarana Burke, Rep. John Lewis, President Jimmy Carter, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.