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Awards & Scholarships

society awards

Jay Wright Forrester Award

The Jay Wright Forrester Award is presented as often as once annually for the best contribution to the field of System Dynamics during the preceding five years.

Papers, articles, books, research or consulting reports, theses or other written material that have been published or are in publishable form in the English language, in the original or after translation, are eligible for consideration.

Deadline: March 19, 2024

Prize: $5000

System Dynamics Applications Award

The System Dynamics Applications Award is presented by the Society as often as every year for the best “real world” application of System Dynamics.

The best application is based primarily on demonstrated measurable benefit to an organization through the use of System Dynamics, and secondarily for new ideas that improve the art of applying System Dynamics, or for relating work to existing System Dynamics literature and/or other disciplines. The work must have been conducted within ten years of the submission deadline. 

Deadline: March 19, 2024

System Dynamics Lifetime Achievement Award

The System Dynamics Society occasionally recognizes people for making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time. This is the only award of the Society that is based on a body of work done over lifetime and not on a single article.

Outstanding Community Service Award

The System Dynamics Society Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals that have, on a volunteer basis, made exceptional contributions to the Society over an extended period of time.

conference paper awards

Dana Meadows Award

The Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society is given annually for the best paper by a student presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference. Established in 2001, the prize celebrates and recognizes high-quality student work in the field of System Dynamics. In addition to an Award winner, several papers may be selected for honorable mention. 

Deadline: March 19, 2024

Opens: Jan 16, 2024

Prize: $2500

Early Career Health Paper Award

Previously the Lupina Young Researchers Award

The Early Career Health Paper Award is given to outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past 5 years) graduates and presented at the conference. If you have multiple papers select the one you wish to submit.


Deadline: March 19, 2024

Opens: Jan 16, 2024

Prize: $2500

other scholarships

Eberlein System Dynamics Graduate Scholarship

Open exclusively to students registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. To be eligible, students must be applying the methodology of System Dynamics to a novel area such as the social and environmental sciences including public policy; or the development of new teaching techniques.

Deadline: TBD

Prize: C$ 3500

Barry Richmond Scholarship Award

Established in 2007 by isee systems to honor and continue the legacy of its founder, Barry Richmond. Barry was devoted to helping others become better “Systems Citizens”. It was his mission to make Systems Thinking and System Dynamics accessible to people in all fields and professions.

It is presented annually to a deserving Systems Thinking/System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues. Applicants are considered based on their quality of work as well as financial needs. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship to help offset the cost of attending the conference.

Applications Deadline: May 21, 2024

2023 conference award winners

Ann Osi

Dana Meadows Award

"Data-informed parameter estimation in behavioral epidemic models" with colleagues.

Samuel Allen & Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel

Best Health System Dynamics Paper by an Early Career Researcher

"Implementing and Sustaining Healthcare Quality Improvement: A Case Study Examining Feedback Structure and Dynamics" with colleagues.

Junlai Zhang

Barry Richmond Scholarship Award

"Using System Dynamics modeling to forecast China’s population until 2060 to visualize the aging and shrinking population trends" with colleagues.

all award winners