The Best Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work by young scholars in the field of International Relations. It is awarded to dissertations that make a highly original and significant contribution to International Relations based on rigorous research.



  • the dissertation must be written in English
  • it must have been defended in the previous calendar year
  • it must be nominated by an EISA member



  • the option to publish the dissertation in the PSIR book series, subject to proper editorial review and revision
  • the book will be advertised as the winner of the EISA Best Dissertation Award
  • Palgrave book vouchers worth 250 Euros
  • a presentation of the award at the annual EISA conference
  • an invitation to the Section Chairs' Dinner at the EISA conference
  • free conference registration
  • a year's free membership in EISA



  • be made by the supervisor and one external member of the examination committee
  • include a maximum one-page description and justification setting out the originality, significance and rigour of the study
  • include the contact details of nominators and nominee
  • include an electronic copy of the dissertation (pdf or docx file)
  • be submitted electronically to by 31 October 2019


If you have any queries about this award, please contact EISA Office at



Sorana-Cristina Jude: “Israel´s Military: Emotions, Violence, and the Limits of Dissent”


Frank Stengel: Discursive Change and Foreign Policy: A Discourse Analysis of Germany’s Changing Stance on the International Use of Force”


Akanksha Mehta: “Right-Wing Sisterhood: Everyday Politics of Hindu Nationalist Women in India and Zionist Settler Women in Israel- Palestine”