Global Health Section Best Graduate Student Paper Prize

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 recognize the best paper presented by a graduate student at the previous year’s Annual Convention. The prize intends to encourage and reward graduate student participation in the Convention, as well as recognize the excellent scholarship of many graduate students.


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  1. The recipient must be a current member of both 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 a registered graduate student at the time the paper is presented.
  3. The paper must be presented in person by the recipient at the ISA Annual Convention.
  4. The paper must fall within the field of ‘global health politics’. 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.
  • Recipients will receive a certificate at the following year’s Annual Convention.
  • The recipient is selected by a 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 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. In the event of a tie, the Chair of the sub-committee will have the casting vote.
  • The Committee 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 of the sub-committee 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.
  • Nominations for papers can be made by the relevant ISA panel chair or discussant, a student’s advisor, or by the paper presenter her/himself. They should be sent via email to the chair of the sub-committee.
  • The deadline for nominations for the prize is August 1.


Congratulations to Jimyong Brenton Um, the 2020 recipient of the Global Health Section Best Graduate Student Paper Prize! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2020 Jimyong Brenton Um Title not provided
2019 Mao Suzuki "Profits before Patients?"

Committee Members

Amy Patterson | Chair
March 2021 - April 2022
University of the South

Stefan Elbe | Member
March 2021 - April 2022
University of Sussex

Eva Hilberg | Member
March 20121 - April 2022
University of Sheffield

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