MPSA Policy on Naming Awards
MPSA awards should be named after highly distinguished scholars who have made significant contributions. It is also in the interest of the MPSA, and the profession, to consider the diversity of profiles represented in the MPSA’s set of awards. Those considered for a naming honor have sound reputations with respect to their character and research.
The MPSA currently has well over a dozen awards, including:
- Flagship Awards. The best paper in the AJPS, and the best paper presented at the MPSA Conference.
- Field Awards. The best paper presented at the MPSA conference in the major fields of political science.
- Subfield Awards. The best paper presented at the MPSA conference in a more specialized subfield.
- Career Status Awards. Recognizing excellent research by undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent PhDs.
- Conference Travel Awards for individuals to attend the MPSA.
Several current awards are not named, and new awards are also a possibility. Nominations to name an award can be made by MPSA members. The nomination should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and they should include:
- The type of award (e.g. Field Award or Conference Travel Award);
- The specific award (e.g. Best Paper on American Politics);
- A brief statement about the person for whom the award is to be named;
- A copy of the CV of the person for whom the award is to be named;
- Current funding of $5,000 for the award, plus a commitment to raise another $5000 for the award;
- Contact information for the person/group who is making the nomination.
The MPSA President will appoint a five-person ad hoc Committee on Awards to review the nomination(s) and make a recommendation to the Council that takes note of all relevant factors. This committee will evaluate recommendations to name current awards, as well create new awards.
Created April 6, 2017