ENMISA Outstanding Paper Award

General Information


  • The Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section (ENMISA) Outstanding Paper Award Selection Committee invites nominations and submissions for the section's conference paper competition. Papers must have been presented at the ISA Annual Convention in 2018 (San Francisco) to qualify, and the award nominees must be Ph.D. holders*  AND current ISA members. The committee welcomes ISA conference papers from any discipline  advancing our understanding of ethnicity, nationalism and/or migration. The nominated papers should not be published at the time of the nomination.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The author should hold a PhD and be an ISA member at the time of the ISA Convention where they presented the paper. If the author does not hold a PhD, they are encouraged to nominate their paper for the Heisler Graduate Student Paper Award.
  2. The paper should be presented at the ISA Annual Convention prior to nomination for the award. Minor edits (those do not change the title or the abstract on the program significantly) to the paper after the presentation is allowed. It is up to the award committee's discretion to decide whether the changes are too major for the paper to be considered the same project that was presented at the convention.
  3. Co-authored papers also qualify.
  4. Either the authors should be ENMISA members, OR the paper should have been presented at an ENMISA sponsored or co-sponsored panel. In either case, the paper should be directly relevant to the academic interests of the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section.
  5. Nominations should be sent to the award committee after the call for nominations. The nominators should make sure that they have the consent of the nominee before they start the process. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations should include (1) a paragraph of why the paper is worthy of the award, (2) the full paper with the abstract and the bibliography.
  6. The nominated papers cannot be published works by the time of the award.


  • Certificate

Selection Process

  • Every year, three ENMISA members designated by the ENMISA Executive Committee form an award committee and send out the call for nominations. After they receive the nominations, and making sure that the nominations fit the award criteria, they make their decision paying attention to the scholarly quality of the papers. The committee reserves the right not to extend the award. The awardee receives the award at the Business Meeting of the ISA Convention.

Apply for Award

  • A short nomination letter, abstract, and an electronic copy of the paper should be sent via email by October 15, 2018 (EXTENDED DEADLINE) to each committee member.  Self-nominations are welcome.


Congratulations to Laia Balcells and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, authors of "The Political Consequences of Terrorism: A Quasi-Experimental Approach" and the 2018 recipients of the ENMISA Outstanding Paper Award!


Elif Çetin | Chair
April 2018-March 2019
Yaşar University and University of Cambridge

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