To recognize and honor important work in the higher education and research communities, the TIAA-CREF Institute administers two signature awards: one focused on research and the other on leadership.
Through these awards programs, the TIAA-CREF Institute partners with higher education to motivate research and practices that contribute to the well-being of the individuals and institutions we serve.
TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award
The TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award is named in honor of MIT Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Nobel Laureate and former CREF trustee.
It is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding research publication containing ideas that the public and private sectors can use to maintain and improve America’s lifelong financial well being. The author(s) of the winning publication will receive an award of $10,000.
TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award
The TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award is named in honor of the president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and former member of the TIAA-CREF Board of Overseers.
The award recognizes leadership and commitment to higher education and contributions to the greater good. It is presented to a current college or university president or chancellor at the American Council on Education annual meeting.