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Each year, we present the Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development. Established in 2003, the Rice Award (formerly named the Truman Award) recognizes the achievements of an exceptional young professional committed to advancing the field of international development. The recipient of this award will demonstrate strong leadership, innovation, and commitment to sustainable, people-centered development.
The Rice Award will be presented at the 2023 Annual Dinner on November 15 in Washington, DC. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony.
The award includes:
If you have any questions while filling out the application form, please contact [email protected] or call 202-331-1317.
To be eligible for the Rice Award, applicants must meet these requirements:
If you meet the criteria above, please submit the following materials by September 15, 2023.
Rice Award applicants must submit:
Rice Award Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
In addition to your personal statement and resume or CV, you may submit the following:
1. Up to two one-page letters of recommendation/support describing:
Letters of recommendation must be received by September 15, 2023. Please submit letters of recommendation on this form. If not included with application materials, letters of recommendation may be emailed to [email protected] with "2023 Rice Award Application" in the subject line, or mailed to:
Rice Award Selection Committee
Society for International Development - United States Chapter
2300 N Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC, 20037
No letters of recommendation arriving after the application deadline will be reviewed. Please ensure that your full name appears on the personal statement as well as on the letters of recommendation.
2. A short, 1-minute maximum video explaining how your experience using innovation and creativity can lead to more sustainable international development. Video submissions must not exceed 1 minute. Submissions longer than 1 minute will not be considered.
Unfortunately, we cannot review any additional information provided beyond those described above. We also cannot consider any incomplete applications.
Please submit application form, personal statement, resume or c.v., letters of recommendation, and short video via this online form no later than Friday, September 15, 2023.
To request an alternate application format, please email [email protected].
The Rice Award is named for Andrew E. Rice, a visionary and founder of the Society for International Development (SID). Andy 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. He was also a tireless advocate of promoting and mentoring youth in development.
Building on Andy’s strong championship of young professionals in development, SID-US presents the Rice Award to a young professional who demonstrates leadership and innovation, as well as tremendous promise for advancement in the field of international development as a means of service to those who are most in need, and will work towards sustainable, people-centered development.
The recipient of this award demonstrates strong leadership, innovation, and commitment to sustainable, people-centered development. We were pleased to present the 2022 Rice Award to Nasrat Khalid, Founder of Aseel App.
In 2017, he left the World Bank and founded the Aseel platform, a US tech startup striving to create a massive impact by supporting global humanitarian and artisan efforts using technology. Nasrat is passionate about the inclusion of countries in the Global South and global talent in the digital economy. He has helped over half a million people through his platform with emergency support items in the Afghanistan crisis, and his platform, Aseel, has also helped sell over ten thousand handmade items from Afghanistan and Turkey in international markets.
Applicants come from every continent around the world and their work focuses on a wide range of sectors. To see a graphic depicting the variety of applications we have received, please click here.
Andrew E. Rice helped create the field of international development. In the decades following World War II, decolonization and the Cold War necessitated a new relationship between the Western and developing worlds. That’s when Andy began thinking and writing about the nature of this new relationship and organizing others to do the same.
Andy was introduced to internationalism early on, spending part of his childhood in Geneva, where his father was the U.S. representative to an agency of the League of Nations. After serving in intelligence during the War and obtaining his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harvard, he moved to Washington to begin a 60-year career crafting public policy.
He began by joining or helping to form a series of advocacy organizations dedicated to an internationalist foreign policy incorporating aid for the underdeveloped world. These included Americans for Democratic Action, the American Veterans Committee and the Point Four Committee (this last named for foreign aid’s position in President Truman’s list of diplomatic priorities in his 1949 inaugural address).
He also began publishing a newsletter, “Doorway to the 20th Century,” to report on this brand new discipline. His longtime friend and colleague Bob Berg recently recalled, “In the pre-Internet age it was THE place to find the news--crisply written…with never a hint of bias.”
After stints as a staffer on both sides of Capitol Hill and obtaining his PhD from Syracuse University, Andy served on the academic committee that gave birth to the Peace Corps. He then joined the Kennedy Administration as an aide to Chester Bowles, a prominent diplomat to the developing world and early UN official.
Andy was a founder of the Society for International Development (SID) in 1957 and in 1962 became executive director, a position he held for 15 years. Bob Berg has described the scene from that era: “SID's office was filled with young people beavering away. Andy, always cool, friendly, professional and kind, kept it going in highly productive and effective ways.”
Andy’s career both reflected and shaped changes in the idea of international development. As the need for environmental sustainability grew clearer, he became board chair of the environmentally-focused Worldwatch Institute. Seeing the need to better educate the public on the importance of internationalism, he became an active member of the United Nations Association, serving as chair of the national capital chapter.
Alina Zyszkowski, one of countless young professionals Andy mentored over his career, said of him: “Andy Rice was a true visionary and a real friend to so many of us…Today we hear a lot about knowledge sharing and networking. Andy was making that happen through SID over 50 years ago.”
Andy once summed up his approach to international development: “I believe that the right path to a better world is expanding individual freedom combined with cooperative endeavor.” Through his ideas, hard work and, to quote a colleague, “friendly, humble and generous” personality, he moved us all down that path.
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