Application to Name or Create an MPSA Award
MPSA awards can be named after highly distinguished scholars who have made significant contributions. It is 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 must have sound reputations with respect to their character and research.
Several current awards are not yet named, and new awards may be created. Nominations may be made to name Flagship, Field, Subfield
, and Career Stage Awards, as well as new Graduate Student Travel Scholarships.
View current MPSA awards
and Graduate Student Travel Scholarships
The funding levels for a naming honor are as follows:
Flagship, Field, Subfield and Career Stage awards are $250 (and include a plaque for the winner) and
Graduate Student Travel Scholarships are $500.
A five-person ad hoc Committee on Naming Awards will evaluate applications to create new awards and name current MPSA awards after distinguished scholars in the discipline. The 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 spring or fall Council meeting).
Select the Category of Award or Scholarship
$250 Flagship Award - For the best paper presented at the annual MPSA conference. The nomination pool consists of papers selected for the field awards; other nominations are not accepted.
$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 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 Graduate Student Travel Scholarship - Provides funding for individuals to attend the conference.
Name of Award (example: "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
Upload a .PDF of the CV or Bio for the person that the award will be named after
Submitter's First and Last Name
Submitter's Email Address
Submitter's Phone Number
Funding: There should be $5000 currently raised, and a commitment to raise an additional $5000.
Upload an Excel list of
or received donations.
The list should include the name, affiliation, email address, full mailing address and amount pledged or donated. You may also email the list
Please note that a
ward nominations will not be processed until this list has been received.