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Awards & Scholarships

conference scholarships

Society Conference Scholarship

Scholarships are available to pay for conference registration fees. They’re given based on a statement of financial need and a review of written work. Scholarships are not limited to students. To apply for one, 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 some material showing work you have done in System Dynamics

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

Contact Us if you have any questions

Deadline: April 15, 2022

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 1, 2022

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 9, 2022

Prize: $1000

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 28, 2022

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 28, 2022

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 18, 2022

Prize: $2500

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: March 18, 2022

Prize: C$ 5000

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

2021 conference award winners

James Rogers, Edward Gallaher, and David Dingli

Jay W Forrester Award

"Personalized ESA Doses for Anemia Management in Hemodialysis Patients with End-stage Renal Disease"

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John Morecroft

Outstanding Service Award

Morecroft is one of the founders of the System Dynamics Society. He served on the Policy Council as an officer and President and contributed to the System Dynamics Society for several years. He has touched the lives of many fellow system dynamicists.

Tse Yang Lim, Erin Stringfellow, and Celia Stafford

Lupina Young Researchers Award &
Dana Meadows Award

"Reducing Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose in the United States: Model Development and Estimation" with colleagues.

Honorable Lupina Young Researchers mentions:

Nabeela Mumtaz  "Exploring the Impact of Vaccine Confidence on the Transmission of Infectious Disease"

Ekin Karamalak  "Modeling the Dynamics of Covid-19 and Alternative Policies in Turkey"

Hesam Mahmoudi  "What Causes Disagreement Among Physicians? Dynamics of Customers' Perception and Physicians' Experiential Learning"

Tianyi Li

Dana Meadows Award

"Improving Parameter Estimation of Epidemic Models: Likelihood Functions and Kalman Filtering" with colleagues.

Best 2021 Conference Posters

Chair's Award

Jaun Daniel Alvarez-Cadena and Camilo Olaya  "Exogenous vs. Endogenous: The Challenge of Coffee Price Dynamics"

People's Choice Award

Francisco Araujo and Bertha Baez  "1952 the Great Smog, Exploring the Past with Simulation"

all award winners