Best Graduate Student Paper in Religion and International Relations

The Paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the broadly defined field of Religion and International Relations. It recognizes promising young scholars from a broad scope of disciplines and topics. For the best paper on Religion and IR presented by a graduate student, the recipient receives an Award Certificate at the REL section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention.

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. The Recipient must be a current student member of ISA and a graduate student on the date that the paper was presented. For multi-authored submissions, all contributors must be graduate students on the date the paper was presented.
  2. The paper must have been presented at the ISA Annual Convention in the calendar year prior to the award.
  3. The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of Religion and IR.
  4. Nominees must be REL section members.


  • The recipient will receive a certificate at the section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention.

Apply for the Award

  • A short nomination note, abstract, and an electronic copy of the paper should be sent via email by August 30, 2019 to each committee member.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.


    Congratulations to Moria Bar-Maoz for receiving the 2017 Best Graduate Paper in Religion and International Relations award, for her paper titled "What we talk about when we talk about state-secularity?" !


    Jonathan C. Agensky | Chair
    April 2019 - March 2020
    Ohio University

    Atalia Omer | Member
    April 2019 - March 2020
    University of Notre Dame

    Yasemin Akbaba | Member
    April 2019 - March 2020
    Gettysburg College

    Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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    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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