Simon Award program celebrates 20 years; 2023 winners will be named in NAFSA’s 75th anniversary year
For Immediate Release

Washington – Today, NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

"Campus internationalization holds great promise for exposing students of all backgrounds to the mind-expanding and career-enriching benefits of a global experience," said Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA executive director and CEO. " The Senator Paul Simon Award is NAFSA's preeminent tool for recognizing the U.S. colleges and universities that are innovating and thereby advancing the practice of internationalization across the country. We eagerly anticipate next year's cohort of winners as NAFSA marks its 75th anniversary." 

Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the NAFSA Simon Award celebrates outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization, defined by NAFSA as a conscious effort to integrate and infuse international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of their students' education.

The "Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization" distinguishes overall excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. The "Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award" recognizes a specific program or initiative that contributes to internationalization on campus.

Higher education institutions must submit their applications by 11:59 PM EDT on October 17, 2022.

The application form and more information about how to apply, eligibility requirements, and past winners as featured in Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, may be found at Award


About NAFSA: Serving more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Visit us at To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit Resources to guide our members on these issues can be found at