IPS Paper Award

The International Studies Association's International Political Sociology Section seeks to recognize the best sole-authored graduate paper that would have been presented at the 2020 ISA Annual Convention. Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we are accepting applications from anyone who was accepted to present at ISA 2020 (even if the conference was cancelled).

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA when the award is granted.
  2. To be eligible for the award, the paper must have been accepted to be presented on a panel sponsored or co-sponsored by the IPS 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 was due to be 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.

Selection Process

  • The award recognizes a graduate student paper that stands out by its excellence, rigour and originality. The winner of the award will be selected for its contribution to international political sociology, whether in the form of theoretical development, empirical analysis, or both.
  • The Selection Committee should feel free to recommend that no award should be made in a given year. If at all possible, the Selection Committee should choose the winning submission and notable papers by consensus. If the Selection committee is unable to reach a consensus, a majority vote will determine the winning submission and notable papers.
  • The Chair of the Selection Committee must forward to the Executive Committee a recommendation for the Graduate Student Prize Winner, as well as up to two notable papers, including a 100 words citation for each paper, at least a month before the ISA annual meeting when the prize winner will be announced. These results will be published on the International Political Sociology Section website.
  • The External Selection Committee member will serve for two years. The Chair of the Committee and the two members of the Executive Committee part of the Selection Committee will serve for one year. The Chair is responsible for coordinating the deliberations of the committee, keeping records of the deliberations, and awarding the prize at the International Studies Association Meeting.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Self-nominations are not only welcome, but encouraged.
  • Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage in particular discussants and chairs on IPS panels to let us know about outstanding papers you encountered.
  • Nominations should include contact information of the nominee and a copy of the relevant paper. They should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Award Committee.

Authors may apply for the award directly by emailing it to the graduate student paper award committee members by September 30 2020. 



Doerthe Rosenow | Chair
Oxford Brookes University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates