MPSA sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the annual 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, nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference. Chairs and discussants may only submit nominations for the session in which they served as chair or discussant. Section heads may only submit nominations for their section. Award committees select the winning papers and awards are announced at the MPSA business meeting the following year.  Self-nominations are not permitted. View the 2021 award winners, the award recipient archive, and past awards committees.

An Invitation to 78th Annual MPSA Conference Chairs, Discussants and Section Heads: Nominate Outstanding Research

MPSA encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate outstanding research to be considered for field, subfield, or career stage awards.

Please click the links following each award description below to submit your nomination(s). The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2021. Winners will be notified in late fall.

Flagship Awards:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Award.  A $250 award for the best paper presented at the annual MPSA conference. The award is sponsored and selected by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.  The nomination pool consists of papers selected for the field awards; other nominations are not accepted.
  • 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. Nominations are not accepted.

Field Awards:

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

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. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • Patrick J. Fett Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • Richard E. Matland Award. A $250 award for the best paper by an emerging scholar in representation, elections, or voting. Author (or lead author) is an untenured faculty member or graduate student. SUBMIT NOMINATION

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. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award. A $250 award for best paper delivered by a graduate student. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student Award. A $250 award for the best paper delivered by an undergraduate. SUBMIT NOMINATION
  • 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.

Application to Name or Create an MPSA Award

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Gifts to the association help to support awards for best research presented at the annual conference and in the American Journal of Political Science. Gifts from generous donors also support conference attendees through the Conference Registration Fee Waiver Scholarships, Harrell Rodgers Graduate Student Travel Scholarships, and MPSA Childcare Scholarships.

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