Chadwick Alger Prize [IO]

The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best single-authored book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association. The Award Committee is particularly interested in works dealing with the United Nations and/or with how international organizations interact with nongovernmental organizations and other local civil society actors, as reflected in the writings of Chadwick F. Alger.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. The recipient may be at any stage of his or her career and from any country.
  3. Edited or co-authored volumes are not eligible for this award.
  4. Books must be published in the previous calendar year.
  5. Self-nominations are also welcome.


  • The recipient receives a $250.00 (USD) cash prize from the International Organization account and a certificate.

Selection Process

  • The recipient is selected by a committee appointed by the International Organization Section.
  • The recipient will be announced at the International Organization Section Business Meeting at the ISA Annual Convention and will be recognized at the IO Section reception.

Apply For This Award

  • Publishers are asked to limit their submissions to no more than three (3) works, and to send a copy of the nominated work(s) directly to each of the committee members. Publishers should also notify the Committee Chair of submissions by email.
  • Nominated books should be sent to the committee members by September 1st. Books appearing later in 2020 can be sent as page proofs by September 1st.
  • Books must be received by all committee members by the deadline.


Congratulations to Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, the 2020 recipient of the Chadwick Alger Award, for "Emergency Powers of International Orgnaizations Between Normalization and Containment"!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Byungwon Woo | Chair
Yonsei University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates