The John and Alice Tyler Prize is awarded for environmental science, health, and energy conferring great benefit upon humanity. The Prize is endowed by gifts from the John and Alice Tyler Charitable Trusts, and awardees are chosen annually by the Executive Committee. The University of Southern California administers the Tyler Prize.

Selection Criteria

Prizes are awarded for outstanding achievements in any one of the following:

The protection, maintenance, improvement, or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world.

The discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy.

Discoveries or achievements with such worldwide implications that significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health.


Living individuals or public or private institutions of any nation are eligible for nomination.

Who May Nominate

Persons or institutions eligible to make nominations include, but are not limited to: any individuals or entity in fields such as biology, oceanography, geology, medicine, public health, chemistry, physics, engineering and social sciences.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Please click here for the nomination procedure.

*Nominations submitted in 2018 for the 2019 Cycle will still be active for the 2022 Cycle. You will be prompted to update files at your discretion in 2021.