A number of awards and prizes are given out to honour achievements in different sectors in Singapore. Some are conferred on individuals, while others are awarded to companies or organisations. The awards are a means of applauding the hard work and dedication of people. Some of them also come with monetary rewards, which are usually quite significant. These rewards are usually given out during special occasions, such as a gala dinner or an award ceremony.
The NUS Singapore History Prize is a literary award that recognises outstanding historical writing on Singapore. It is administered by the Department of History at NUS, and the first prize was awarded in 2018. The book that won that year was Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800, written by archaeologist John Miksic.
Submissions for the prize are accepted from around the world, as long as they have a clear Singapore element to them and are written in English. The books must have been published between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2024. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow Kishore Mahbubani.
NUS Singapore History Prize
This prize was established in 2014, and is a literary award that recognises outstanding works on Singapore history. It is administrated by the Department of History at NUS, which aims to promote the study of Singapore history and encourage a wide range of perspectives in its pursuit. The book that won the prize in 2021 was Kampong Gelam: An Ancient Port and Its People, by historian-writer David Lew, while Home is Where We Are was the 2022 winner.
In addition to literature, the NUS Singapore History Prize also recognises outstanding work in fields such as education, culture and heritage. It is one of the most prestigious Singapore literary awards, and has previously been regarded as Asia’s most valuable fiction prize.
William will visit Singapore next week for the third annual Earthshot Prize ceremony, which he founded to inspire optimism about tackling climate change and wildlife crime. He is scheduled to take part in the traditional dragon boat race, and will also attend the United for Wildlife summit, which brings together leaders from conservation and law enforcement to tackle the illegal trade of animal parts.
In preparation for the awards, some of the city’s most famous buildings will be lit up green on Monday at sunset. The Prince of Wales’s four-day trip to Singapore will also see him meet local scientists and visit Accion Andina, an organisation that protects native high Andean forest ecosystems for the benefit of nature and millions of people in Peru.