The front of the medal displays a portrait of Mr Run Run Shaw, next to which are the words and Chinese characters for the title of "The Shaw Prize". On the reverse, the medal shows the award category and year, the name of the laureate, and in the upper right corner, an imprint of a saying due to Xun Zi (313 – 238 BCE), a thinker in the Warring States period of Chinese history: "制天命而用之", meaning "Grasp the law of nature and make use of it".