IPE Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The International Studies Association's International Political Economy Section seeks to recognize the best (sole authored) graduate paper presented at the previous ISA Annual Convention.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. To be eligible for the award, the paper must be presented on a panel sponsored or co-sponsored by the IPE section, and must be original (not published at the time of its presentation).
  3. Recipients must be a graduate student at the time the paper is presented
  4. The papers must be single-authored


  • The winner will receive a certificate and check for $100, to be awarded at the next ISA meeting.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Authors may apply for the award directly by emailing it to the graduate student paper award committee members by April 15. Committee members will also solicit nominations from IPE section panel chairs.


This year’s winner of the 2019 IPE Best Graduate Student Paper is Nikhil Kalyanpur, for his paper "Liberalism as Last Resort: Why (only some) Oligarchs and Autocrats Fight in Foreign Courts" !

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


James C. Roberts | Co-Chair
Feb 2017- April 2020
Towson University

Susanne Soederberg | Co-Chair
February 2018-April 2020
Queens University

Eleni Tsingou | Member
March 2019-April 2021
Copenhagen Business School

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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