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At the 2015 International Studies Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the United States Institute of Peace celebrated the 30th anniversary of its creation by the US Congress and its long time participation in the International Studies Association professional meetings.

The United States Institute of Peace, in conjunction with the International Studies Association, is proud to announce the second annual Peace Dissertation Prize to be given for the best peace studies dissertation. The award honors an outstanding dissertation on the analysis of violent conflict, conflict resolution, peacemaking, or peacebuilding completed in a United States graduate program.

The annual prize, a $1000 cash award, will be announced and presented at the annual ISA meeting in February 2017. This award will be for dissertations accepted in calendar year 2015 through May 2016 and nominated by the deadline of January 2, 2017. The prize winner will be notified by the end of January 2017. The prize will be announced and awarded at ISA 2017 in Baltimore.

The first dissertation prize, was awarded in March 2016 to Dr. Inken von Borzyskowski for her thesis on “A Double-Edged Sword: International Influences on Election Violence” at the University of Wisconsin.

To be considered for this prize a dissertation must be completed at a US graduate institution and nominated by the head of the department in which the dissertation has been accepted. Each department may nominate no more than one dissertation. Submission should be sent to and must include:

  • Nomination letter from department head
  • Prize candidate’s curriculum vitae (including contact information)
  • Dissertation