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Emerging Scholars Policy Prize

2021 Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize

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Applications are open for the 2021 Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize. The goal of the prize is to encourage new voices with new ideas on addressing both the long-standing and new challenges the world faces. To that end, we encourage scholars from ALL disciplines to apply. Scholars should submit original essays between 4,000 and 5,000 words, based on their academic scholarship. Submissions should be written in a format and style appropriate for publication in Foreign Affairs.


This $10,000 prize encourages scholars to translate their own academic work to be more accessible to policymakers in positions of influence and to advance policy debates on significant issues in global affairs. The prize recognizes outstanding, original essays on any topic related to international issues that draw on original academic research and intend to influence policy debates.

Other Details

Prizes will be selected based on their overall excellence and alignment with Perry World House’s two research themes, which are:

  • Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. The Global Shifts theme considers the causes and consequences of human movements, focusing on the drivers of displacement, from conflict to climate change.
  • The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance. The Future of the Global Order theme examines implications of changing global power dynamics, impacts of new technologies, and contributions of governance institutions for the future of international cooperation.


Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize has the following criteria

  • Eligibility is open to emerging scholars from around the world, including scholars at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • This includes junior faculty, postdocs, and advanced Ph.D. candidates. (Tenured faculty are not eligible.)
  • Other scholars are eligible to apply if they completed the relevant terminal degree in their field of study in 2015 or after (for example, a J.D.).
  • One submission per person. Submissions can be co-authored, as can the underlying piece of academic scholarship. All co-authors must satisfy the eligibility requirements. If a co-authored submission receives the prize, the authors will split the award equally.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline11 May,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerPerry World House



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