DPLST Distinguished Scholar Award

The Diplomatic Studies Distinguished Scholar Award is presented annually at the ISA annual convention to recognize and honor a scholar whose work has had substantial influence on the study of diplomacy.

General Information


  • The recipient will receive a plaque at the ISA annual convention.
  • A roundtable celebrating the contributions of the recipient to the study of diplomacy will be organized by the DPSLST section for the ISA annual convention.

Eligibility and Award Criteria

  1. Nominees should have a substantial and innovative research record on diplomacy and an impressive record of service to the community of diplomacy students and scholars.
  2. The recipient must be a current member of ISA and the Diplomatic Studies Section. Non-Members must join ISA and the Diplomatic Studies Section to receive the award.
  3. Scholars who have previously received this award are not eligible for nomination.
  4. Past nominees will automatically be considered for the consecutive two years.

Selection Process

  • The recipient will be selected by the DPLST Awards Committee.
  • The recipient will be selected based on (a) the quality and significance of the research; and (b) the record of service to the community of diplomacy students and scholars.
  • The award will be announced at the end of November, 2020.

Nomination Information

  1. Nominations must be made by members of the Diplomatic Studies Section.
  2. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  3. Nominations should consist of (a) a nominating letter outlining the contributions of the nominee to the study of diplomacy, in terms of research and service; and (b) a CV of the nominee.
  4. Please send your nomination letter to the section chair, Simon Rofe  and chair of the DPLST awards committee, Antoaneta Vanc. The deadline for nominations is June 29, 2020.



Congratulations to Paul Sharp, the 2020 recipient of the DPLST Distinguished Scholar Award!


Antoaneta Vanc (Chair)

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