Our annual prizes recognise excellence and achievement through research and teaching in the field of International Studies. Winning a BISA prize 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 prizes are presented at our annual conference each year.
Our Distinguished Contribution Prize recognises sustained contributions to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of International Studies over the course of a career.
The aim of this prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange and to recognise outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline.
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. L.H.M. Ling was Professor of International Affairs at the New School and recipient of the 2018 ISA’s Feminist Theory and Gender Studies’ Eminent Scholar Award.
Please note that you can only nominate a book for either the Susan Strange or L.H.M Ling prize, and not for both.
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.
This brand new joint BISA and British Council prize is for a Master’s dissertation which provides new scholarly insight and/or offers a new policy direction that makes an original contribution to international relations.
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 beyond the first seven years of their careers.
Early Career Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize
This award recognises early-career academics, or teams of academics, who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies within the first seven years of their career, appropriately adjusted to factor in career breaks.
This award recognises postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies.
All other prizes
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.
The award recognises an individual or group that has made significant contributions to promoting a more inclusive discipline through, including but not limited to, publications, events, mentorships, public engagement, and service to BISA.
Working groups are at the heart of BISA and directly contribute to the development of International Studies. All conveners are volunteers so we hope this new prize will help to recognise and celebrate their achievements.
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.