The CSC Award is currently on hiatus. We hope to be able to re-commence the Award program in the future.

The Communication for Social Change Award was established in 2006 to recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations to the theory and practice of Communication for Social Change (CSC); specifically those that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to using communication to transform and empower marginalised communities. Communication for social change is an emerging frontier, the goal of which is to use communication processes, techniques and media to facilitate social, economic and technological development.

This is the only Award of its kind in the world, and it is administered by the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the School of Journalism and Communication, within The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. This award has been extremely successful in acknowledging ‘unsung’ and courageous people, recognising individuals from across the world, involved in diverse activities.
The award consists of a $AUD 2500 prize and a travel package to participate in the Award Ceremony in Australia. The visit will also be used to promote the impact that communication projects can have in development efforts. Each year two awards will be presented: one to an individual and one to an organisation/institution. Those awarded can be either practitioners/activists working the field, or theorists.
The objectives of the award are to:
  • Recognise knowledge generation and major theoretical in the field of communication for social change;
  • Acknowledge innovative and practical communication and social change projects that have contributed to grassroots-level sustainable development; and
  • Appreciate the contributions made by individuals and organisations whose moral courage and extraordinary commitment to communication for social change expands the boundary of what is possible in this field.

Winner testimonials:

"The award was a splendid shot in the arm for all of us. Publishing can be a fairly lonesome the award by colleagues we respect highly reassured us we were doing meaningful work." - CSC publisher Chin Saik Yoon, Malaysia, 2008 winner 

“The CSC Award allowed us to acquire a certain esteem and respect from both national and international institutions.”- Participatory theatre for the deaf activist Freddy Mata Matundu, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2011 winner (individual)

"Many international inquiries come to us as a result of seeing that we have won this Award. We advertise it with pride." - Raising Voices co-director Dipak Naker, Uganda, 2011 winner (organisation)

“I was glad that the University of Queensland had recognized my work... After the Award, there were several developments.” Citizen journalism innovator Harry Surjadi, Indonesia, 2013 winner



CSC Award section

How to apply

Find out the steps for applying and relevant documents for submissions.


Find out more about criteria, categories and themes.

CSC Award Jury

Winners in the two categories will be selected by an independent jury comprising senior academics, media representatives and development assistance experts, based in Australia....

Previous Award Winners

Since the award began in 2006 the quality of the award nominees has been astounding, making the task of choosing a winner difficult for the Award Jury. Find out more information about the remarkable individuals and organisations that have been recognised through this award...

Annual Awards Booklet

Each year we make a shortlist of the most outstanding organisations and individuals working towards social change through communication. Read their profiles in our annual Awards booklet.

CSC Award News Archive

News stories and press releases about the CSC Awards

On this site