Awards and prizes

Our annual awards recognise excellence and achievement through research and teaching in the field of International Studies. Winning a BISA award can provide a platform to further your career. You’ll gain valuable recognition amongst the International Studies community and help our community by sharing best practice. Our awards are presented at our annual conference each year.

Distinguished Contribution Prize

Our Distinguished Contribution Prize recognises contribution to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of International Studies over a substantial period of time.

Susan Strange Best Book Prize

The aim of this prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange and to recognise outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline.

L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize

The aim of the L.H.M. Ling prize is to honour Lily's work and to recognise outstanding early career research in the discipline.

Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize

The Nicholson Prize gives us the chance to support the work of new scholars. The prize is named after the late Michael Nicholson, formerly Professor of International Relations at the Universities of Kent and Sussex. 

Best Article in the Review of International Studies Prize

This Prize is awarded annually by the editorial advisory board of our journal Review of International Studies (RIS). It’s awarded for the best article published in the previous year's volume of the journal.

Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching International Studies

The aim of this annual award is to recognise established academics, or teams of academics, who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies.

Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching International Studies

New for 2020, the aim of this annual award is to recognise those early-career academics, or teams of academics, who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies within the first five years of their career.

Award for Postgraduate Excellence in Teaching International Studies

The aim of this annual award is to recognise postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies.

I was delighted and honoured for my teaching to be recognised in this way. I was also extremely proud of my students, without whom the work that went into this wouldn’t have been possible.
Naomi Head, Excellence in Teaching International Studies winner 2018
Naomi Head
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