The Pilgrim Award was created in 1970 by the SFRA to honor lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship. The award was named for J. O. Bailey's pioneering book, Pilgrims through Space and Time.
The Pioneer Award is given to the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year.
1990 Veronica Hollinger, "The Vampire and the Alien: Variations on the Outsider," Science Fiction Studies 16.2 (July 1989): 145-60.
1991 H. Bruce Franklin, "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy," Science Fiction Studies 17.3 (November 1990): 341-59.
The Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service is presented for outstanding service activities-promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations.
The Student Paper Award is presented to the outstanding scholarly essay read at the annual conference of the SFRA by a student.
1999 Shelley Rodrigo Blanchard, " 'Resistance is Futile,' We Are Already Assimilated: Cyborging, Cyborg Societies, Cyborgs, and The Matrix"
2000 Sonja Fritzsche, "Out of the Western Box: Rethinking Popular Cultural Categories from the Perspective of East German Science Fiction"
The Mary Kay Bray Award is given for the best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review in a given year.
2002 Karen Hellekson, "Transforming the Subject: Humanity, The Body, and Posthumanism" (#251, March/April 2001)
2003 Farah Mendlesohn, review of Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt (#257, March/April 2002)
2014 Awards Committee
Pilgrim Jury: Lisa Yaszek (ch), Craig Jacobsen, John Rieder
Pioneer Jury: Amy Ransom (ch), David Higgins, Gerry Canavan
Clareson Jury: Alan Elms (ch), Ed Carmien, DeWitt Kilgore
Mary Kay Bray Jury: T. S. Miller (ch), Larisa Mikhaylova, Isiah Lavender III
Student Paper Jury: Eric Otto (ch), Shawn Malley, Taryne Taylor