- Books may be nominated by publishers, convenors of BISA working groups, or Heads of Department. Self-nominations are not permitted.
- Nominated books can be a published version of a PhD thesis, although books based on research that has already been awarded the BISA Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize may not be nominated.
- Nominators are encouraged to respect the spirit of the prize and nominate only books of highest quality.
- A maximum of three books can be nominated by the same publisher. We ask publishers to undertake an internal selection process and only nominate books for consideration that will be considered original, make a significant contribution to the field and can be regarded as innovative and excellent. Please ensure you detail why the book meets these criteria, and do not just provide a dust cover description of the scope of the book.
- Nominated books must be in the field of international studies.
- The author(s) need not hold BISA membership.
- The nominated book must have been published between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Where a book is published late in the year but carries a 2020 publication date, authors may be required to provide proof that the book was published in the calendar year 2019.
- The deadline for submission for nominations is 4.00pm Friday 24th January 2020.
- The Prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Research Committee of BISA and chaired by a member of this committee.
How to nominate
Nominations must be made online using the form at the bottom of this page. A short statement of the reason for nomination is required, which will include a summary of the originality and contribution of the book, its actual or potential impact on the field, and the standard of scholarship it exhibits.
The Prize will be awarded at the BISA Annual Conference. The Association reserves the right not to make an award in any particular year.
- Online nominations are received and reviewed by the BISA Research Committee. At that stage decisions are made on the basis of the online nomination forms, and no copies of the book are required at this point.
- Please ensure you make the case for the nomination (why should it be regarded as Excellent, Innovative, High Academic Quality etc) and please do not just describe the book subject area or provide the dust cover notes.
- The Research Committee produces a long-list of a maximum of 10 nominated books, which is passed to the appointed panel of judges.
- The prize will be judged by a committee appointed by the Research Committee of BISA and chaired by a member of this committee.
- Authors will be contacted at that point and asked to arrange for three review copies of the book to be made available to the members of the panel. Where possible, pdf or e-book versions would be welcome in addition to a hard copy. Books will be sent directly to the members of the Prize panel by the authors or publishers acting on their behalf. It is the responsibility of the authors to arrange for the books to be provided. If copies of a long-listed book are not received by the panel by the date stipulated, the nomination will be excluded from consideration.