The following awards are made to recognise excellence, a core principle of the University of Cape Town:
Alan Pifer Research Award
The vice-chancellor's annual prize in recognition of outstanding welfare-related research highlights the strategic goal of promoting socially responsive research.
Claude Leon Merit Award
Recognises younger academics of distinction in the fields of natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering.
Creative Works Award
Recognises major creative works, including art works, performances, productions, compositions and architectural designs produced by UCT staff.
Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award
Rewarding excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms, this award is granted to candidates of the highest calibre in order to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting-edge, internationally significant work.
Honours researchers for their career achievements and contribution to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as capacity development and transformation in the national research system.
Women in Science Awards
The Department of Science and Technology holds the annual Women in Science Awards (WISA) to recognise and reward women scientists and researchers and profile them as role models for younger women.