Richard E. Neustadt & Thomas C. Schelling Awards

Neustadt and Schelling Awards

The Richard E. Neustadt and Thomas C. Schelling Awards for Public Policy, named after two of Harvard Kennedy School's founding faculty members, recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on public policy through scholarship or practice.

In 2015, Mary Robinson, who served as President of Ireland from 1990-97 and as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002, received the Richard E. Neustadt Award. She currently serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change and as Chancellor of the University of Dublin. William Nordhaus, the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and chair of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, was presented with the Thomas C. Schelling Award. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences on topics including climate change, environmental accounting, risk, and the role of the tax system in climate change.

Richard E. Neustadt Award

This $25,000 award is presented annually to an individual who has created powerful solutions to public problems, drawing on research and intellectual ideas as appropriate.

2016 Recipients: Navanethem (Navi) Pillay

2015 Recipient: Mary Robinson

2013 Recipients: Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn

2012 Recipient: William "Bill" Drayton

2011 Recipient: Paul Volcker

2009 Recipient: Alice M. Rivlin

2008 Recipient: Gro Harlem Brundtland

2007 Recipient: Justice Richard J. Goldstone

2006 Recipient: Muhammad Yunus

2005 Recipient: Judith M. Gueron

Thomas C. Schelling Award

This $25,000 award is presented annually to an individual whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy.

2016 Recipient: Stanley Fischer

2015 Recipient: William Nordhaus

2013 Recipient: Sara McLanahan

2012 Recipient: Amartya Sen

2011 Recipient: Esther Duflo

2009 Recipient: Harold Varmus

2008 Recipient: Howard Raiffa

2007 Recipient: Jagdish Bhagwati

2006 Recipient: Daniel Kahneman

2005 Recipient: Judge Richard A. Posner

Funding for these awards has been generously provided by the David Rubenstein Fund for Kennedy School Excellence.

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