THEORY Distinguished Scholar

The Distinguished Scholar Award is given for lifetime contributions to international theory.

General Information

Recipients must meet the following criteria

  1. Ideal nominees will have made significant advances in theorizing world politics that transcend areas of specialization within international studies.
  2. They will also have superlative records of service and mentorship within the wider international-studies community.
  3. The Distinguished Scholar in International Relations Theory Award will be judged according to four criteria:
    i. Contribution and quality ii. Significance and impact iii. Engagement and service iv. Interdisciplinarity
  4. Nominees should be members of the International Studies Association.


  • The winner receives a plaque.
  • This award will be presented at the Theory Section Distinguished Scholar Award Roundtable

Selection Process

  • The recipient of the award will be determined by the Executive Committee of the Theory Section (including the Chair(s), Vice-Chair, Secretary, Graduate Student Representative, and Treasurer). The Committee reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.
  • This award will be judged by a committee composed of the Theory Section elected members (including the Present, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer).

Apply for this Award

  • Each year the committee will solicit nominations for the award from the Theory Section membership.
  • Nominations must be accompanied by (1) a supporting letter of no more than a single page and (2) a curriculum vitiate.
  • All materials must be received by the Treasurer Jason Weidner ( by May 31, 2019.
  • Past nominees will be considered in subsequent years.


Congratulations to Timothy Mitchell, the 2017 recipient of the Theory Section's Distinguished Scholar Award

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Jason R. Weidner | Chair

Universidad de Monterrey

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 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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