Lawrence S. Finkelstein Prize [IO]

ISA’s International Organization Section (IO) is seeking high quality graduate student papers that were presented (on a panel or as a poster) at the Annual Convention for competition to win the Lawrence S. Finkelstein Prize. Papers must discuss international organization, as broadly defined. Students are permitted to edit the paper presented at the conference, as long as the paper remains unchanged in substance. The Section particularly welcomes submissions from outside the United States.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA


  • The prize will be awarded at the IO Business Meeting at the upcoming Convention.
  • The winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a certificate, plus a travel grant for up to $500 to attend the next ISA Annual Convention.

Selection Process

  • Nominations should be made to the chair of the Finkelstein Prize Committee by June 30th. The Committee selects the winner and awards the prize at the IO Section business meeting at the upcoming Convention.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Students should email their papers to the Prize Committee Chair. Please include "Finkelstein Prize Submission" in the subject line. In the email, please note the panel or poster session for which you presented the paper.
  • The Section also encourages the prize recipient to submit her/his paper to the journal Global Governance for possible publication.
  • Nominations should be submitted electronically by June 30th 2021.
  • The Award Committee may also decide to award up to three honourable mentions.


Congratulations to Kelebogile Zvobgo & Christina Cottiero, 2021 recipients of the Lawrence Finkelstein Award!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Michael Struett | Chair
April 2021- March 2022
NC State

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates