SSIP Distinguished Scholar Award

General Information

The SSIP Distinguished Scholar Award annually recognizes a Distinguished Scholar for their contributions to the scientific study of international processes.


  • The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual ISA Annual Convention.
  • A panel/roundtable highlighting the distinguished scholar’s contributions to the scientific study of international processes will be organized for the annual meeting.

Eligibility and Award Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA and the SSIP Section.
  2. Nominees should have a substantial record of research and teaching over the course of their career. The research record should demonstrate a focus on international political questions using formally stated arguments and/or systematically collected and analyzed empirical data. Following the canons of scientific inquiry, the nominee’s scholarly work should seek to support and promote replicable research.
  3. Preference is given to nominees with service to the SSIP Section.

Nomination Information

  1. Nominations (including self-nominations) by any SSIP member are welcome.
  2. Nominations should include a nominee’s most recent CV and a letter of support that outlines the scope of the nominee’s achievements in research and teaching.
  3. The call for nominations is in the Spring of each year. Nominations should be sent by email to the Section Chair by for consideration for the next annual award competition.
  4. Deadline for 2020 is September 15, 2020.
  5. Candidates nominated in the immediate prior year remain in contention, and do not need to be re-nominated.


Erica Chenoweth| Chair
March 2019-April 2021
Harvard Kennedy School

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