IPS Graduate Student Paper Award

The International Political Sociology Section (IPS) of the International Studies Association will institute a yearly award for “best graduate student paper” in the field of international political sociology.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. Eligible paper can be either single or multi-authored by graduate students only and must have been presented at the ISA annual convention preceding the year of the delivery of the award.
  3. Papers written by, or contributed to, Selection Committee members are ineligible for the award.


  • The award will be presented at the section’s business meeting at the International Studies Association Annual Convention.
  • The winner will receive a prize of US$150 and a certificate.

Selection Process

  • The award recognizes a graduate student paper that stands out by its excellence, rigour and originality. The winner of the award will be selected for its contribution to international political sociology, whether in the form of theoretical development, empirical analysis, or both.
  • The Selection Committee should feel free to recommend that no award should be made in a given year. If at all possible, the Selection Committee should choose the winning submission and notable papers by consensus. If the Selection committee is unable to reach a consensus, a majority vote will determine the winning submission and notable papers.
  • The Chair of the Selection Committee must forward to the Executive Committee a recommendation for the Graduate Student Prize Winner, as well as up to two notable papers, including a 100 words citation for each paper, at least a month before the ISA annual meeting when the prize winner will be announced. These results will be published on the International Political Sociology Section website.
  • The External Selection Committee member will serve for two years. The Chair of the Committee and the two members of the Executive Committee part of the Selection Committee will serve for one year. The Chair is responsible for coordinating the deliberations of the committee, keeping records of the deliberations, and awarding the prize at the International Studies Association Meeting.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

The ISA/IPS section welcomes nominations for the 2019 Graduate paper award. This award recognizes the best graduate paper that was presented at the 2018 ISA Annual Convention in New Orleans in the field of International Political Sociology.

  1. Eligible papers can be either single or co-authored by graduate students only
    2. Anyone can nominate, including the author him/herself.
    3. Nominations need to include a paragraph long justification and/or letter of support, including the student’s name, academic institution, and e-mail address.
    4. The Committee will only assess one paper per author.
    5. Authors have to be IPS members at the moment of nomination.
    6. The papers must be sent by email to all committee members by 1 September, with subject heading ‘IPS Graduate paper Award submission’.


The IPS Graduate Student Paper Award Selection Committee


Committee Chair:


Xymena Kurowska


Central European University, Hungary



Selection Committee Members:


Andreja Zevnik


University of Manchester, UK


Frank A. Stengel


Kiel University, Germany



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