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The MPSA sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the MPSA Conference and one award for the best article published in each volume of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference. Award committees select the winning papers. Awards are announced at the MPSA business meeting during the conference the following year.

Section heads, panel chairs, and panel discussants may nominate papers for the following awards. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration. Nominations are due by July 1, 2015.  Questions? Please email

To nominate a paper for one of the following awards, simply click on the award title below. 

Additional awards granted, but not accepting nominations from chairs and discussants: 

  • AJPS Best Article Award.A $1,000 award for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science published in the year preceding the conference. All published articles in this timeframe will be considered.
  • Herbert Simon Award. A $500 award for a scholar who has made a significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy.  Submissions are handled by the Midwest Caucus on Policy Administration.