This award recognizes an Outstanding Paper in International Relations by a graduate student, of publishable quality and suitable for a major journal in the field of International Relations. The paper should contain an original idea, a strong theoretical foundation, a well-developed research design and empirical analysis (qualitative or quantitative) and reflect the student’s own work.

Award Amount: $1,000

  • Papers completed between December 1st 2017 and December 1st 2018 are eligible.
  • The winner will be recognized during the Social Science Order of Merit ceremony and, separately, present the paper at a public event open to the broader UC Irvine community. The winner must not have received the Ph.D. before the spring of 2019.
  • Papers formally accepted for publication in a leading International Relations journal over the same period will also be considered.

Deadline: Extended through April 15, 2019.

How to Apply:
Nominations must be in formal memo or letter form and include sufficient detail to enable evaluation. They should be submitted electronically to John Sommerhauser ( by April 15, 2019. Only nominations from faculty members will be considered; self-nominations will not be accepted.


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