Nominations Now Open for 2019-20 Foundation Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Oct 16, 2019
  • Foundation Staff

With its annual awards program recognizing and supporting people, organizations, initiatives, and research that contribute to intelligence, the Mensa Education and Research Foundation fulfills one of its and Mensa’s core purposes: to identify and foster intelligence for the betterment of humanity. Nominations and applications for the 2019-20 round of awards are open now.

For decades, the Mensa Foundation has presented awards to individuals around the world, members of Mensa and nonmembers alike. Its latest recognition and extension of support comes in the form of Dissertation and Early Career Mini-Grants, to be awarded to doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers for research related to intelligence or gifted education. Last year, the Mensa Foundation awarded its first Gifted Education Fellowship, to assist outstanding educators in acquiring a graduate degree in gifted education or a closely related field.

These awards join the Mensa Foundation’s other long-running accolades — Awards for Excellence in Research, the Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Intellectual Benefits to Society Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award — nominations for which opened Oct. 1. See below for a complete rundown of award descriptions, links to nominate or apply, and deadlines.

Mensa Foundation Awards

The Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a lifetime of contributions to the field of intelligence and related subjects, including an exceptional body of work in research, theory, or other scholarly works. Past winners include educators and practitioners in the fields of giftedness, brain function, human intelligence, creativity, and intelligence testing. This award is also presented internationally. Nominations are due by March 1, 2020.

The Awards For Excellence in Research are presented internationally, recognizing groundbreaking research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness, and related fields, including research from the fields of education, psychology, sociology, neurology, physiology, biochemistry, and psychometrics. Application are due Dec. 31.

The Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement acknowledges a Mensan’s outstanding creative, practical achievement or innovation that has been implemented, at least in part, to the advantage of persons other than the nominee. This award is also presented internationally. Nominations are due March 1, 2020.

Our Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes a teacher, professor, or instructor at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensan. Nominations are due March 1, 2020.

The Intellectual Benefits to Society Award highlights the application of Mensans’s intellectual abilities that result in tangible benefit to society (excluding political activities). These applications of ability may be paid or unpaid; consideration is given to the number of individuals impacted. Self-nomination is encouraged! This award is also presented internationally. Nominations are due March 1, 2020.

Fellowships and Grants

The Foundation’s Gifted Education Fellowship assists outstanding educators in acquiring a graduate degree in gifted education or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education. Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Our new Dissertation Mini-Grant provides a $2,500 award to doctoral students for dissertation research related to intelligence or gifted education. The program seeks proposals for research on human intelligence or creativity across the lifespan and in the contexts of learning and education of those who are gifted, or from underserved gifted-student populations such as twice-exceptional, culturally or linguistically diverse, or the economically disadvantaged. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2020.

Also new in 2019, the Early Career Researcher Mini-Grant provides a $2,500 award to post-doctoral researchers or early career faculty for research related to intelligence, creativity, or gifted education. The program seeks proposals for research projects regarding those who are gifted or twice-exceptional or on human intelligence or creativity. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2020.