Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award

The Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes religion and international studies scholars who have shaped the field through their research, service and mentorship.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be current members of ISA. 
  2. Nominees should have a substantial and demonstrable record of publishing and service in the field of Religion and International Studies.


  • The recipient will receive a plaque at the awards presentations at the annual Religion and International Studies reception

Selection Process

  • A Call for Nominations is announced. Nominations should be made to the committee by email, including a nomination letter written by a scholar other than the nominee and the nominee's CV. The person making the nomination should make sure that the nominee agrees to the nomination, and they are available to attend next year's ISA, should they be extended the award. 
  • REL members nominate senior scholars who have had an impact Religion and International Studies, and preferably, scholars who have a history of ISA attendance. 
  • The Distinguished Scholar Committee, composed of three members of the REL section, then reviews the nominations and makes a decision, taking into account the history of publications, service and mentorship of the nominees.

Apply For This Award

  • The deadline to apply for this award is May 31.
  • If you are nominating a scholar, please make sure to have the nominee’s consent first.


Congratulations to 2020 REL Distinguished Scholar Jocelyne Cesari!


Vendulka Kubálková | Chair
April 2020-March 2021
University of Miami

Jonathan Fox | Member
April 2020-March 2021
Bar Ilan University

Scott M. Thomas | Member
April 2020-March 2021
University of Bath


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