Kenneth Boulding Award

The Peace Studies Section (PEACE) invites nominations for the Boulding Award. The award was established to honor Kenneth E. Boulding, a founder of the field of Peace Studies. 

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. The Award Committee seeks a graduate student research paper, delivered at the most recent ISA meetings. To be eligible the research paper author must be a graduate student at the time of the ISA meeting. While papers co-authored by two graduate students are welcome, Papers co-authored with someone already holding a PhD are not eligible.
  3. The paper must be: (a) theoretically based, (b) empirical (qualitative and/or quantitative), and (c) relevant to a significant problem in the field of peace studies.
  4. Any excellent exploration in the area of Peace Research is eligible.


  • Two-year membership in the ISA (including Peace Studies Section)
  • Cash award of $250.00 (USD)
  • Travel grant of up to $300 (USD) to attend next year's annual convention
  • Certificate to be awarded at the ISA Annual Convention.
  • A certificate and a cash award of $50.00 (USD) will be awarded to the runner-up.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee reserves the right to decide not to award prizes if there are not a sufficient number of papers submitted for consideration or if the committee decides that the submitted papers are not deserving of the awards.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • To nominate, submit an electronic copy of the paper presented at the most recent annual convention to the Award Committee Chair Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska. Include the full contact information institutional affiliations of the nominee and, if different, the nominator.
  • Direct submissions from graduate students and nominations from panel chairs and discussants are welcome.
  • Nominations must be submitted by June 14th to the Award Chair.


Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska | Chair
George Mason University

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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