Portrait of Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award is presented annually by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to honor individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving global public health through domestic and/or international activities. Priority is given to contributions in the area of infectious diseases.

Selection criteria include:

  • Humanitarian service;
  • Public education contributions; and/or
  • Legislative or policy achievements.

Established in 1997 by the NFID Board of Directors, the award is named for former President and the late Mrs. Carter, who as outstanding humanitarians, have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people worldwide. They are co-founders of The Carter Center, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, GA. Through their work at The Carter Center, President and Mrs. Carter have worked to resolve conflict peacefully, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent and eradicate disease. In recognition of their efforts, President and Mrs. Carter were presented with the first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in 1997.

NFID is no longer accepting nominations for the 2024 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. Online nominations for 2025 Awards will open in Fall 2024.

Award Recipients