ISS/Lynne Rienner Publishers Best Student Paper Award

The Intelligence Studies Section of ISA is pleased to announce the opening of the annual competition for the Intelligence Studies Section / Lynne Rienner Publishers Best Student Paper Award, which is generously supported by Lynne Rienner Publishers. The award is made annually by ISS in recognition of excellence for the best undergraduate or graduate student paper on a subject dealing with intelligence presented at the ISA Annual Convention.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Self-nominations are permitted, as are nominations from faculty mentors, panel chairmen and discussants, and conference attendees.
  3. Nominations should include the student's name, identification of student's academic institution, contact information (email address and phone number), title of the paper being submitted, panel name or number in which the paper was presented
  4. For co-authored papers, the student nominee must be the principal investigator and author to be eligible for consideration.
  5. Papers on any intelligence topic presented by an undergraduate or graduate student at the ISA conference are eligible. Nominations are limited to papers presented at the previous ISA conference.


  • One award will be made in the amount of $500.00, and presented with a certificate at the ISS business meeting at the ISA Annual conference

Selection Process

  • The Selection Committee will draw nominated papers from the on-line conference archive.

Apply For This Award

The ISS Best Student Paper Award will not be awarded for 2021, and instead our 2020 winner will be honored at the ISA conference in Las Vegas in 2021.

Submission Deadline July 1, 2019

  • Nominations should include: (a) the student's name; (b) identification of student's academic institution; (c) contact information (email address and phone number); (d) title of the paper being submitted; and (e) panel name or number in which the paper was presented. A paper must be provided by email attachment if it has not been uploaded in the Convention archive.
  • Nominations may be made to the selection committee chair, Andres de Castro ( ), on or before 1 July 2019.


Congratulations to Benjamin Oudet, the 2020 recipient of the ISS Best Student Paper Award for “Bridging the gap between intelligence and the Administration: the normalization of French intelligence through the case of counterproliferation.”  

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Andres de Castro | Chair
April 2019 - March 2020
University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH)

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates