The following is a listing of prizes and awards that are available for undergraduate researchers. Click on the title of each funding opportunity for additional information.

  1. American University Library Prize for Best Undergraduate Research Paper or Project: A prize of $1000 is awarded. Submissions are due during spring semesters.
  2. Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy: Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy is delighted once again to solicit submissions for its annual Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy. The recipient of the Sherman Prize will receive a $1,000 award along with a certificate.
    Any paper written by an undergraduate student in the previous calendar year submitted by either the student or a faculty member at the student’s college or university is eligible. The paper must address an issue, contemporary or historical, that demonstrates the intersection of force and diplomacy in international affairs. Although electronic submissions are preferred, hard-copy submissions will be accepted. Papers must be submitted by the deadline, which falls in March each year.
  3. International Affairs Forum Student Writing Competition: The Center for International Relations announces its Writing Competition where winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics (published by Routlege/Taylor and Francis Group). Submissions are open to topics related to international affairs and economics issues
  4. Forum on Education Abroad, Undergraduate Research Award:The Forum Undergraduate Research Award is an honor that showcases the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research that occurs as part of education abroad programs. Every year, award recipients are invited (all expenses paid) to present their research at a plenary luncheon at the annual Forum conference. Over the years, the student presentations have become a much-anticipated event of the annual conference. Independent research represents one of the highest achievements of undergraduate student learning. Completing serious, high-quality research requires critical thinking, analysis, and creativity. Award projects encompass a wide variety of academic fields, demonstrating that international learning informs many academic and professional fields. Moreover, the quality of the nominated research is a testimony to students’ understanding of other cultures and societies.
  5. E-International Relations Student Essay Competition: We’re pleased to announce the E-IR Essay Award, with a prize of £100 worth of books provided by Routledge. An outstanding student essay published on E-International Relations will be recognized with the award each calendar month. The Award will draw attention to high quality essays written by undergraduate and Masters students worldwide, and aims to encourage and reward those who share their best work to the benefit of their global peer group.
  6. International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: “Imagining a Better Future”: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its sixth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world. As part of Carnegie Council’s
  7. Ethics for a Connected World. We are asking thought leaders a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet. One of the questions is: What should happen this century? See some of their answers here. But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you. What do you think? ESSAY TOPIC: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? CONTEST REQUIREMENTS include: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers), 1,000 to 1,500 words. Format must be a Word document, or email. English language entries only. Limit is one entry per person. This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities. All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified. Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.
  8. The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest: Now in its 27th year, challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought- provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Registered undergraduate, full-time Juniors and Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2015 semester are eligible. Students must apply and submit essays online, and receive online verification from their Faculty Sponsor. Any professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor and endorse the quality and authenticity of the student’s essay. Also, students must upload a letter from the Registrar or National Student Clearinghouse verifying enrollment. Deadline for submission is in December 2015. First Prize $5,000. Winning students are eligible for an internship, and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.