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 15.
  • If you are nominating a scholar, please make sure to have the nominee’s consent first.


Congratulations to 2018 REL Distinguished Scholar Mark Juergensmeyer!


Anita Weiss | Chair
April 2019-March 2020
University of Oregon

R. Scott Appleby | Member
April 2019-March 2020
University of Notre Dame

Peter Mandaville | Member
April 2019-March 2020
Georgetown University

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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