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Awards & Scholarships

Conference Scholarships

Society Conference Scholarship

Partial scholarships are available that pay conference registration fees. Scholarships are based on a statement of financial need and a review of written work. Scholarships are not limited to students. To request a scholarship, log into the Web Portal Submission system, and on your User Menu page, click on “Award and Scholarship Information”.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship please provide us with a short paragraph describing why you need the support, and what you think is special about the contribution you will make to the conference, or take home from the conference to your community. In reviewing scholarship applications, we will have access to the paper or papers you may have submitted, so you do not need to repeat that content.  If you have not submitted a paper to the conference or Student-Organized Colloquium, you will need to submit a scholarship evaluation paper.

If you are awarded a scholarship you will be contacted soon after the notifications of paper acceptances have been sent. Partial scholarships are funded by the System Dynamics Society and through the Sponsor-A-Scholar program.

Contact Us if you have any questions

Deadline: May 20, 2021

Student Chapter Conference Scholarship

Scholarships are available to pay for Conference or Summer School registration. They are based on a statement of financial need and a review of a personal statement. This is independent of the System Dynamics Society’s scholarship and you may apply to both.

This full scholarship will cover registration fees, and awardees who are not yet members of the System Dynamics Society will get a one-year membership covered.


  • Current undergraduate students
  • Current graduate students (Ph.D. or Masters)
  • Recently graduated within the past two years

Note: You do not need to submit a piece of work to either the Student-Organized Colloquium or the International System Dynamics Conference to be eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 28, 2021

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 quality of work as well as financial need. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship to help offset the cost of attending the International System Dynamics Conference.

Deadline: May 20, 2021

Society Awards

Jay Wright Forrester Award

Presented 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 01, 2021

System Dynamics Applications Award

Presented for the best “real world” application of System Dynamics. The best application is based primarily on demonstrated a 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: TBD

System Dynamics Lifetime Achievement Award

Occasionally given for people making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time. It’s based on a body of work done over a lifetime and not on a single article. This award was formalized in 2012 and had been given very sparingly in the past. No nominations are solicited for the award and the Jay Forrester Award Committee decides on the winner. The award carries a plaque recognizing the achievement of the winner.

Community Service Award

Recognizes individuals that have, on a volunteer basis, made exceptional contributions to the Society over an extended period of time. Even after establishing a central office with a paid professional staff in 1996, the growth and development of the Society has been heavily dependent on the work of volunteers. To acknowledge this work, emphasize its importance in achieving Society goals, and highlight efforts that can inspire others, this award if given every year during the annual conference.

Conference Paper Awards

Dana Meadows Award

Symbolizes the Society’s commitment to students in two ways: recognizing the very best student work, and honoring the life and work of Dana Meadows. She was an eloquent sustainability advocate and environmental writer. But she was also, and arguably foremost, a teacher — one exceptionally committed to her students and their development not only intellectually but in all ways. Honoring Dana through this Award recognizes her work as an inspiring teacher and mentor of young people and sets a standard for what good modeling is. The award will help develop the next generation of systems thinkers and modelers according to her ideals.

Deadline: TBD

Lupina Young Researchers Award

Given to outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past 5 years) graduates and presenting at the conference. The award is sponsored by the Lupina Foundation of Toronto, Canada and presented by the Health Policy Special Interest Group of the Society. 

Deadline: TBD

Other Scholarships

Eberlein Systems 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: January 15, 2021

List of Award Winners