Global Health Section Best Early Investigator Paper Prize

About The Award

As part of its mission to support the next generation of global health scholars, the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association has established an award to recognise the best paper presented at the previous year’s Annual Convention by a researcher in the early phase of her or his career.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA and the Global Health Section.
  2. The recipient (the paper’s author or lead author, in the case of a multi-authored paper) must be an individual who was awarded a doctorate no earlier than five years prior to the time the paper is presented, not counting periods of parental leave.
  3. The paper must have been presented in person by the recipient at the ISA Annual Convention.
  4. The paper must fall within the field of ‘global health politics’. This includes, but is not limited to, global health security, global health governance, political economy of global health, human rights, health and development, international actors (e.g. institutions, social movements) and global health. The prize sub-committee’s decision on whether or not a paper falls within this remit will be final. The panel of which the paper is a part does not necessarily have to be sponsored by the Global Health Section.
  5. The paper must be written in English and must have been uploaded to the ISA paper archive.
  6. The paper, at the time of its presentation, must not have been published or accepted for publication as a journal article or book chapter.


  • Certificate presented at the ISA annual convention and a $50 check.

Selection Process

  • The recipient is selected by a prize sub-committee appointed by the Global Health Section.
  • The prize sub-committee will be composed of three individuals from the Global Health Executive Committee. One of the three individuals will serve as chair.
  • The prize sub-committee will determine, by majority, the eligibility of each nomination prior to judging.
  • A winner will be chosen from amongst the eligible nominations by a majority vote of the sub-committee.
  • The Chair is responsible for notifying the recipient of the award and encouraging the recipient to attend the Annual Convention at which the award is to be presented so as to receive the award in person.
  • The Chair will communicate the details of the prize winner to ISA before the conference registration deadline.
  • The recipient will be announced at the Global Health Section Business Meeting at the ISA Annual Convention and will be recognized at the Global Health Section reception.

Apply for this Award

  • Nominations for papers can be made by the relevant ISA panel chair or discussant, or by any current member of ISA, or by the paper presenter her/himself. The nomination must include a statement on when the paper writer received his/her Ph.D or (if the Ph.D has not yet been awarded) when s/he successfully defend her/his doctoral dissertation. Nominations should be sent via email to the chair of the prize sub-committee.
  • Deadline for submission and receipt of papers is July 1.


Congratulations to the 2019 recipient of the GHS Best Early Investigator Paper Prize, Yusra Ribhi Shawar!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Heather Wipfli | Chair
April 2010- March 2020
University of Southern California

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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