THEORY Conference Pre-PhD Paper Award

About The Award

The THEORY Section seeks nominations for its conference paper awards. All papers with a strong theoretical focus which were presented at the most recent ISA Annual Conventionare eligible. The THEORY Section seeks to honor excellent work in theorizing international politics across the plurality of theoretical approaches. This award is for a paper presented by a graduate student or other non-PhD holder.


Recipients must meet the following criteria

  1. Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Eligible paper may be single- or multi-authored.
  3. To be eligible for the award, the paper must have been presented at the most recent ISA Annual Convention.
  4. This award is for a paper presented by a graduate student or other non-PhD holder.
  5. The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of theory.


  • Certificate and a $500 travel grant to be used to attend a future ISA meeting, generously sponsored by Millennium: Journal of International Studies..
  • The recipient will receive the award at the section meeting during the ISA Annual Convention. If not present, the certificate and check will be mailed to the recipient.

Apply for this Award

The deadline for nominations is July 1.

  • Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage discussants and chairs on THEORY panels to let us know about outstanding papers you encountered. Self-nominations are also welcome.
  • Nominations should include contact information of the nominee and, in the case of self-nominations, also a copy of the relevant paper. They should be submitted electronically to Scott Hamilton.


Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Theory Section Pre-PhD Paper Award:

Anette Stimmer, author of “Norm life cycle or norm square? Norm contestation of sovereignty and territorial integrity in the post-Cold War era” and Scott Hamilton, author of “Securing Ourselves from Ourselves? The Paradox of “Entanglement” in the Anthropocene”

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


List of past recipients TBD.


Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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 6 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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