Application to Name or Create an MPSA Award
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. With the exception of the Flagship Awards, the funding level for the “Best Paper” awards is $250 and includes a plaque. The funding for the Conference Travel Grant Awards is $500.
Several current awards are not yet named, and new awards may also be created. Nominations may be made to name Field, Subfield, and Career Stage Awards, and new Conference Travel Grant Awards.
View current MPSA Awards:
The five-person ad hoc Committee on Awards will evaluate applications to create new awards and name awards after individuals. This committee will forward their recommendation to the Executive Council of the MPSA which will then vote on their recommendation at the next MPSA Council Meeting (either during the MPSA Conference, or during the APSA Conference).
Category of Award: (e.g. Field Award or Conference Travel Grant Award
$250 Field Award - For the best paper presented at the MPSA conference in the major fields of political science.
$250 Subfield Award - For the best paper presented at the MPSA conference in a more specialized subfield.
$250 Career Stage Award (Undergraduate) - For the best paper presented at the MPSA conference by an undergraduate student.
$250 Career State Award (Emerging Scholar) - For the best paper, regardless of field or topic, by a scholar or group of scholars who have received their terminal degree(s) within six years of the year in which the paper was presented.
$500 Conference Travel Grant Award - Provides funding for individuals to attend the conference.
Name of Award (e.g. J. Jones Award for the Best Paper on American Politics)
For Named Awards, include a brief statement that discusses why the person named is being honored with the naming of the award
Current Funding Status of Proposed Award - There should be $5000 currently raised, and a commitment to raise an additional $5000
$5000 has already been raised (through pledges and/or donations)
A commitment has been made to raise an additional $5000
First and last name
Upload a .PDF of the CV or Bio for the Person for Whom the Award is to be Named
Please email an Excel spreadsheet with list of pledged or received donations. Include the name, affiliation, email address, full mailing address and amount pledged or donated for each donor to
(Award nominations will not be processed until this list has been received.)
I have emailed the list of pledged and received donations to ExecutiveOffice@MPSAnet.org