Carl Beck Award

The Carl Beck Award, established in 1980, is presented on an annual basis to a graduate student for his or her paper in the field of International Studies. Carl Beck was aware that the field of international relations faced difficult new challenges. To respond to those challenges it must be adaptive and innovative, open to new ideas, perspectives and approaches. The Committee therefore looks for original papers that deal with traditional concerns in new and interesting ways or with emergent international conditions and problems.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. To be eligible for the award, submitted papers must: be in English; not exceed 10,000 words; be delivered at an ISA conference; not be considered for any other ISA award; not be published as of October 20th submission deadline; be authored by graduate students who have not received their PhD as of the date of the paper presentation. To be eligible for consideration for the Carl Beck Award a paper must be the work of a full-time or part-time graduate student enrolled in a formal degree program at an established college or university. There is no restriction on the location of the institution.
  3. Jointly-authored papers are not eligible.
  4. Submitted papers should have been presented between October 2018 and October 2019 at any of the ISA conferences.

Prize

  • A $500.00 (USD) cash prize is awarded to the recipient.
  • The winner will also receive a plaque at the awards presentations at the annual ISA Annual Convention.

Selection Process

  • The award winner is selected by a three member Award Committee appointed by the ISA President with the concurrency of the Governing Council.
  • Award Committee Members serve two-year terms.
  • The Committee Chair is responsible for notifying the recipient of the award and encouraging the recipient to attend the ISA Annual Convention at which the award is to be presented so as to receive the award in person.

Apply For the Award

  • Graduate students are invited to submit their papers for the competition. They should include a letter of support for the nomination of the paper, written by department chairs, program directors, deans, chairs of sessions at ISA annual or regional meetings, or from chairs of sessions at other meetings of international studies associations. Such a letter has to explain why the paper has special merit and deserves consideration for the Carl Beck Award.
  • In addition, department chairs, program directors, deans, chairs of sessions at ISA annual or regional meetings, or from chairs of sessions at other meetings of international studies associations are invited and encouraged to submit excellent student papers for the competition. In addition to the paper, they have to send a letter explaining why the paper has special merit and deserves consideration for the Carl Beck Award.
  • The manuscript and letter should be sent to the Chair of the Carl Beck Award Committee.
  • Submissions should arrive electronically by October 20th of each year.

Contact

Imad Mansour | Chair
April 2018-March 2020
McGill University

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The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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