NAFSA honors excellence in international education in many ways and at many levels. Areas of recognition include long-term service to NAFSA and the field, innovation, and collaboration. All members of the association are encouraged to participate in the awards process by submitting their nominations. To submit a nomination, select the desired award below and press the nomination button at the bottom of the page. All nominators of a national award for leadership will be entered into 5 random drawings for $100 off the 2017 Annual Conference Registration. Nominators of a selected national award for leadership award recipients (except the Rising Star Award) will receive a complimentary 2017 Annual Conference Registration.
National Awards for Leadership
2017 National Award for Leadership Nominations Submission Dates: Oct 1, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017
Member nominated award:
Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Education and Exchange
Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education
Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA
Rising Star Young Leader
Campus Internationalization Award
Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization
NAFSA recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. The 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award Competition is now closed.
Outstanding Leadership Award
Special Award for Outstanding Leadership in U.S. International Education Policy
Advocate of the Year
The Advocate of the Year Award is an annual award presented at NAFSA Advocacy Day to recognize an international education advocate who has excelled in grassroots advocacy.
Regional Awards for Leadership
NAFSA's 11 regions recognize leadership and service at the regional level.
Visit the regional sites.
Knowledge Community Awards
NAFSA's knowledge communities have developed several professional achievement awards to honor their outstanding participants. Members are recognized for exemplary service in their field, excellence in leadership, and lifetime achievements in their community. Each of these awards is presented during the appropriate Knowledge Community Update at the NAFSA Annual Conference.
International Student and Scholar Services
International Enrollment Management
Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship