The paper should contain an original idea, a strong theoretical foundation, a well-developed research design and empirical analysis, and reflect the student’s own work. The quality of the research design, empirical analysis, and evidence is a criteria that applies to both qualitative and quantitative submissions.

Submissions from any school and discipline on campus will be considered, as long as they bear on some aspect of international relations. For instance, papers in biological sciences addressing transnational sources and effects of the Covid-19 epidemic or papers on environmental, informatic and other dimensions related to global supply chains will be welcome.

Award Amount: $1,000

Requirements: Papers completed between April 10, 2020 and April 10, 2021 are eligible. Papers that include an analysis of how Covid-19 may have impacted their argument will be favored. The winner will be expected to present the paper at a public event open to the broader UC Irvine community. The winner must not have received the Ph.D. before Spring 2021. Papers formally accepted for publication in a leading International Relations journal over the same period will also be considered.

Deadline for Submission: May 28, 2021.

How to Apply: Nominations must be submitted through the online application. Only nominations from faculty members submitted by that date will be considered; self-nominations will not be accepted.

Online Application: Apply Now


2021: Aaron Tester, Sociology

2020: Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto, Political Science

2019: Christopher Gibson, Sociology



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