The Best Graduate Paper Award recognizes and supports the contribution of PhD students to the development of the field of International Relations. The paper awarded with this prize must be an original contribution to existing debates in the field and offer a careful, convincing and rigorous analysis. The recipient will be chosen from the contributions of graduate students to the annual EWIS workshops.



  • papers authored by graduate students
  • presented at an EWIS workshop
  • that have not been previously published



  • 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


Nominations for the Best Graduate Paper Prize will be made by the EWIS workshop convenors.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to  by (TBD)



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



Uygar Başpehlivan: “Cucktales: Race, Sex, and Enjoyment in The Reactionary Memescape”.

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Laura Luciani: “European values, Eurasian family, or neither? A feminist critique of the EU’s agenda to combat domestic violence in Armenia”.

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Honorable Mention

August Danielson: “The Role of Reflexivity in International Practice Theory”



Jan Eijking: “‘Intervention from nowhere: Technocratic internationalism and the Suez Canal, 1856-81”

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Dawid Walentek: “Economic Peace Revisited”

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Honorable Mentions

Christopher Brucker: “International Norms as Strategic Resources in Secession Conflicts”

Jonas J. Driedger: “A Theory on the Formation of Small State Security Strategies in Dangerous Regions: Explaining the Strategic Choices of Russia’s European Neighbors”

Karin Narita: “Truth, History, and Radical Conservatism: Historical Revisionism in Post-War Japan”



Philip Conway:Prolegomena to a Future Planet Politics: From Disciplinary Demise to Cosmopolitical Coordination”

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Honorable Mentions

Felix Buchwald: “Wanted: An International Theory of Trade”

Luisa Cruz Lobato: “Algorithms, Rituals and World Politics”

Ana Flamind: “A Scandal is Never Just About the Scandal”

Liviu Horovitz: “Method in Madness: The Logic of American Military Primacy at the End of the Cold War”



Nele Kortendiek: “How professional knowledge generates governing practices across the boundaries of global migration organizations”

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Sebastian Larsson: “The Last Resort – Sheltering Practices and the Dispositif of Disastrous Futures”

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Teresa de Almeida Cravo: “The Construction of Mozambique’s Success”