Martin O. Heisler Award

This award, sponsored by the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section (ENMISA), recognizes the best paper presented at a panel or poster session by a graduate student at the ISA Annual Convention. 

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. Students matriculated in a graduate program (masters or doctorate) are eligible.
  3. The Competition is open to any student who is enrolled in a graduate degree program (masters or doctoral) at the time of the annual ISA conference.
  4. To be eligible for the competition, the student should have attended the ISA Annual Convention and presented his/her paper as a member of a panel or poster session.


  • Two prizes may be awarded: Grand Prize 1st place –$200.00 and a one year paid membership in ISA and the ENMISA section; First Runner Up– $100.00. A certificate will be awarded to recipient(s).
  • The recipients will be announced at the next ENMISA business meeting.
  • Note: 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.

Selection Process

  • The criteria for judging the papers include mastery of the field, originality, logic, organization, and documentation. ENMISA encourages not only the submission of dissertation related research, but also outstanding seminar papers. We emphasize original "think-pieces" and research rather than assessments of the literature.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

  • Submissions must focus on at least one of the three principal areas of concern to the ENMISA Section: ethnicity, nationalism, and/or migration.
  • The content of the paper must be related to at least one of the three main focus areas of ENMISA–ethnicity, nationalism and migration.
  • A nomination letter, abstract, and an electronic copy of the paper should be sent via email by August 15th, 2018 to each committee member. Self-nominations are welcome.


Congratulations to Katharina Natter the 2019 recipient of the Martin O. Heisler Award!


For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Ariel Zellman | Chair
April 2019 - March 2020
Bar Ilan University

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

The International Studies Association

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