MPSA Awards - Call for Nominations

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). With the exception of Flagship Awards and the Herbert Simon Career Contribution Award, nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference; award committees select the winning papers, and awards are announced at the MPSA business meeting during the conference the following year. See left sidebar for a history of MPSA Award Recipients.

Those serving as section heads, panel chairs, and panel discussants at the 2017 MPSA conference may nominate papers for the following awards. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration.

The nomination deadline was July 1, 2017.   Questions? Please email mpsainfo@mpsanet.org.

Flagship Awards:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award. A $250 award for the best paper presented at the annual MPSA conference. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.  Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards. Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards.
  • 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.

Field Awards:

  • Best Paper in International Relations. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations. 
  • Kellogg/Notre Dame Award. A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics. 
  • Kenneth J. Meier Award. A $250 award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy.
  • NEW for 2017 - Best Paper in American Politics - A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics. 
  • NEW for 2017 - Best Paper in Political Behavior - A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior.
  • NEW for 2017 - Evan Ringquist Award - A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political institutions. 
  • Review of Politics Award. A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.  
  • Robert H. Durr Award. A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem. 

Subfield Awards:

  • Lucius Barker Award. A $250 award for the best paper on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.
  • Patrick J. Fett Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics.

Career Stage Awards: 

  • Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar. A $250 award for the best paper, regardless of field or topic, by a scholar or scholars who has or have received the terminal degree(s) within six years of the year in which the paper was presented.
  • Best Paper Delivered by a Graduate Student Award. A $250 award sponsored by Westview Press for best paper delivered by a graduate student.
  • Best Undergraduate Paper Presented in a Poster Format. A $250 award for the best paper presented in a poster format by an undergraduate.
  • 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.

Revised July 5, 2017