Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards

Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

Eligibility

You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2018-2019 academic year (Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 terms).

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.

You can submit any particular paper to only one center; however, you may submit multiple papers and to multiple centers.

Participating units

The areas studies centers listed below are accepting submissions. Also listed next to each center are details on language & length requirements and whether multimedia projects will be accepted.

  • African Studies Program – submissions must be in English; no length requirements; multimedia projects accepted
  • Center for East Asian Studies – submissions must be in English; no length requirements; multimedia projects accepted
  • Center for European Studies – will award two paper and/or thesis prizes; submissions must be in English; submissions for best paper award should be minimum 5,000 words, maximum 10,000 words (incl. footnotes, bibliography, tables, etc); submission for best thesis award should be 10,000 words and above and must be formal theses (not class papers); multimedia projects not accepted
  • Institute for Regional and International Studies – submissions must be in English; no length requirements; multimedia projects accepted
  • Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program – papers written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English accepted; minimum length: 1,000 words; multimedia projects accepted
  • Middle East Studies Program – will award two papers; submissions must be in English; papers must be minimum 8 pages; multimedia projects not accepted
  • Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia – submissions must be in English; papers must be minimum 10 pages, maximum 30 pages; multimedia projects accepted
  • Center for South Asia – submissions must be in English; papers must be minimum 12 pages, maximum 20 pages; multimedia projects accepted

Award details

Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar’s scholarship system before the end of the current academic year.

Submission deadline

All AY 2018-2019 submissions must be submitted by 10am on May 1, 2019.

How to submit a paper

To submit a paper/project, send the following by email as a single pdf document to the IRIS Awards Office, awards@iris.wisc.edu.

1. Cover page including all the following information:

  • Name
  • UW email address
  • Campus ID number
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Center to which you are submitting
  • Title of your paper
  • Course name and number and term taken (or indicate thesis & degree program)
  • Name & email address of course instructor (or thesis advisor)
  • Word count of submission (including footnotes but not bibliography)
  • 100 word abstract of paper and its significance

2. The paper itself

Questions?

Email Mark Lilleleht @ awards@iris.wisc.edu or call 608.265.6070.