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A.SK Award Ceremony 2017

We are happy to announce that the next A.SK Award Ceremony will be held on October, 14th 2017 at WZB. Details will be published here shortly before the event.

A.SK Award 2015: Esther Duflo's acceptance speech

For the sixth time, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is happy to announce the A.SK Social Science Award 2017. Beginning in 2007, the WZB grants the A.SK Social Science Award every two years, a prize endowed with 100,000 €. The prize recognizes work in the social sciences that contributes to social and political reform. Please find the call for nominations here.

The award has been made possible by the Chinese entrepreneurs  Angela and Shu Kai Chan, who endowed a foundation with six million €. The name of the award refers to initials of the foundation founders and is one of the the best-endowed prizes in the social sciences.

As the first prize recipient of the A.SK Social Science Award, the British economist Anthony Atkinson was honored in 2007 for his research on social inequality.

In 2009, the American legal scholar and philosopher  Martha C. Nussbaum received the A.SK Social Science Award for her research on the conditions of human coexistence and social justice. In 2011, Transparency International received the award as the first institution in the history of the award. In 2013, Paul Collier (Oxford University) was honored for his research on the "The Bottom Billion" of the world population. In 2015, the prize was awarded to the French-American developmental economist Esther Duflo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) for her experimental studies in poverty alleviation.

Revenue from foundation capital also finances a fellowship for post-doctoral candidates. The fellowship gives younger social scientists the opportunity to work  for a period of one year – and in special cases even longer – on a project that contributes to social and political reform.

Prize and fellowship recipients are selected by an international selection committee.