ISA West Graduate Student Paper Award

About the Award

The award recognizes the most outstanding papers presented at the ISA-West annual meeting.

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  • Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  • Prize

    • All recipients will receive an Award certificate and student recipients will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

    Selection Process

    • The ISA-West awards committee makes its selections among the papers presented at the ISA-West conference each autumn.
    • The committee will convene when three or more papers have been submitted.
    • Winners will be notified by the end of November, and award recipients will be honored at the following year's ISA-West conference.
    • Recent award winners (within the past three years) and current executive board members are not eligible.
    • Award recipient must be an ISA member.

    Apply For This Award

    • Presenters may nominate themselves, and panel chairs and discussants may also nominate candidates.
    • The deadline to nominate or submit a paper presented at the September 2018 conference is October 31, 2019, and papers should be submitted by e-mail directly to Thorin Wright (
    • All submissions should also include institutional affiliation and rank (faculty, graduate, undergraduate) in the subject line.


    Congratulations to the 2018 recipient of the ISA West Best Graduate Paper Award, Evgeniia Iakhnis, for "Who is to Blame? Attribution Theory in International Relations"


    Thorin M. Wright | Chair
    September 2018-September 2019
    Arizona State University

    Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

    Key Dates

    The International Studies Association

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