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 (from 1.1.2023 until 31.12.2023.)
  • author must be EISA member


  • the book will be advertised as the winner of the EISA Best Dissertation Award
  • 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 January 2024


We will announce the award winner Mid-July 2024.

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



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Kerry Goettlich: “From Frontiers to Borders: The Origins and Consequences of Linear Borders in International Politics”

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Sean Fleming: “Leviathan on a Leash: A Political Theory of State Responsibility“

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