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Rice Award Information and Application
Andrew E. Rice, a founder and visionary of the Society for International Development (SID), was a tireless advocate of promoting and mentoring youth in development. Mr. Rice built SID into a major global network, established the first newsletter and journal on international development, and helped start a number of development initiatives, including the U.S. Peace Corps. The Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development (Rice Award) recognizes the achievements of an exceptional young professional working in the field of international development. Previously named “The Truman Award,” the award was established in 2003 by Andrew E. Rice and Robert Berg to honor leadership, innovation, impact and commitment. It was renamed The Rice Award in 2011 to honor the memory and contributions of one of its chief architects. The recipient of this award will demonstrate leadership and innovation, as well as tremendous promise for advancement in the field of international development. The selected winner will also recognize the importance of international development as a means of service to those who are most in need and will work towards sustainable, people-centered development.
The Rice Award will be presented to the awardee at the Society for International Development’s Annual Conference on June 6, 2013 in Washington DC. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony. The award consists of an inscribed plaque recognizing the awardee, a prize in the amount of $1,000, and a one-year, honorary membership to SID-Washington.
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1. Age from 18 to 35 years old.
Rice Award applicants must submit a one-page, single-sided personal statement responding to the following:
1. Describe your contribution to advancing excellence in international development.
• Describe what you did – your specific inputs/actions/contributions to advancing SID-Washington’s mission of “advancing equitable development and bringing diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, policies and practices that will shape our global future.” This may include the innovation of a new program or the creative management or facilitation of a cutting-edge existing program or project.
• Describe why it was important – the social and/or economic outcomes and impact of your action(s). For example, explain how:
o Did your actions demonstrate a commitment to serving others and upholding the ideals of sustainable, just, equitable and participatory development?
• Explain how you made your contribution(s). For example:
o Demonstrated experience in leading people and change;
2. Explain how you will continue to contribute and show commitment to advancing international development excellence. This may include participating in relevant professional organizations, contributing to technical knowledge communities, blogging or publishing, and/or speaking at public events, workshops, conferences etc.
Candidates for the award must complete the application form and may submit up to two one-page letters of recommendation/support describing:
The selection committee is comprised of international development professionals drawn from across the international development community including senior practitioners and young professionals.
Applications must be submitted electronically to email@example.com by Saturday, April 27 with “Rice Award Application” in the subject line.
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