An Invitation to Section Heads, Chairs, and Discussants: Nominate Outstanding Research Presented at the 79th Annual MPSA Conference

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 section heads, chairs, and discussants 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. All nominations must be made by individuals with conference section or panel responsibilities; self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2022.

MPSA award committees will select the winning papers after the nominations deadline and winners will be notified in the fall. Awards are then announced at the MPSA Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony the following year. If you held section or panel responsibilities at the 79th Annual MPSA Conference (April 7-10, 2022), nominate deserving research for an award through the links below.

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

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. – Nominate here!
  • Patrick J. Fett Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency. – Nominate here!
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics. – Nominate here!
  • 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. – Nominate here!

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. – Nominate here!
  • Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award. A $250 award for best paper delivered by a graduate student. – Nominate here!
  • Best Undergraduate Paper Presented in a Poster Format. A $250 award for the best paper presented in a poster format by an undergraduate student. – Nominate here!
  • Herbert Simon Award. A $500 award for a mid-career scholar who has made a significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy. Submissions are handled by the Midwest Caucus on Policy Administration.

Award Archives from Previous Years

View the 2022 award winners, the award recipient archive, and past awards committees.

Application to Name or Create an MPSA Award

Propose a new award by submitting the form here.

Make a Donation to an MPSA Award or Scholarship

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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