Awards
SNIS Award

The SNIS Award has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists  at the beginning of their careers. Every year, the SNIS Award is given for the best PhD thesis received in a Swiss University on a subject related to International Studies.

The SNIS considers that international studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal, and health issues that extend beyond national boundaries. Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography and environmental sciences.

Award & Jury

The SNIS will award one prize annually. In case of equally remarkable theses, the SNIS jury can decide to split the prize. It can also decide not to award any prize if no work is deemed of sufficient quality. A thesis that can convince the jury of its reach beyond disciplinary boundaries is a clear asset.

The amount that will be awarded by the SNIS is CHF 5’000.

Applications will be judged by a committee composed of experts in one or several areas relevant to international studies as described above.

Formal criteria

  •  Entrants must have received their PhD degree in a Swiss University in the year preceding the time limit of the award submission. The relevant date is that of the presentation of the thesis or, in case the Faculty’s rules require a formal validation of the result, the date of the validation.
  • Entrants must have received either «summa cum laude» or a mark equal or superior to 5.5. If the thesis was defended in a University that does not use grades, the jury reports must be included with the application.
  • Entrants under 35 years at the time of the submission are preferred. Entrants do not need to be citizens or residents of Switzerland.
  • The thesis question(s) must be in the field of the International Studies, as defined above.
  • The thesis must be written in either German, French or English.
  • Theses based on multiple and co-authored papers are accepted. Papers written with members of the SNIS Governing Committee are not eligible.
  • Theses written as part of a SNIS funded research project are not eligible.

Application procedure

  • Click on the “Submit your Thesis” link on the right. The form will appear in a new window.
  • Fill in all the necessary sumbission fields. You have the option to save as a draft and come back to the form later (a link will be provided, optionally sent to your email).
  • Submit the form. Please note: once you have submitted the form you can no longer edit it!
  • You will then receive an email that confirms your submission.

SNIS Award

Submission status: close

Next submission will open in March 2018

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International Geneva Award

The International Geneva Award (IGC Award) has been established to encourage outstanding research scientists to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organisations (IOs). The Award is a prestigious academic distinction specifically created to promote links between Swiss academics and International Geneva. The Award will be given to the three best papers published on a subject related to international studies and especially useful from the perspective of international organisation.

The SNIS considers that international studies deal not only with the analysis of international relations, but also with political, economic, social, environmental, legal, and health issues that extend beyond national boundaries. Submitted papers can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography, environmental sciences, and related areas.

Award & Jury

The SNIS provides CHF 15’000 annually for the IGC Award. Ideally the SNIS awards three prizes every calendar year. The maximum amount allocated to each prize is CHF 5’000. In case of a greater number of equally remarkable papers, the SNIS International Geneva Committee (IGC) can decide to share the total amount available between a greater number of finalists.

It can also decide not to award any prize if no work is of sufficient quality. Unallocated prize money will not be reported to the following year. If a paper is co-authored, the authors of each paper will have to indicate modalities for distributing the prize. The SNIS shall not be involved in the distribution of the prize between the co-authors.

Formal criteria

  • Entrants must be professors or researchers at a post-doctoral level working in a Swiss university at the time of the paper’s publication. They need not be citizens or residents of Switzerland. Only one submission per person per year (or group of persons in the case papers are co-authored) is allowed.
  • Papers must either have been accepted for publication at the time of submission (proof required), or have been published in a scientific journal up to one year before the submission deadline.
  • The research described in the paper must be in the field of international studies, as defined above.
  • Papers must be submitted in one of the four following languages: English, French, German or Italian, with a substantive abstract in English. All material in another language must have a full translation in English, French, German or Italian included in the submission, as well as a substantive abstract in English.
  • Papers written as part of a SNIS funded research project are not eligible.
  • Papers written by members of the International Geneva Committee and their families, as well as members of the Governing Committee are not eligible.

Application procedure

  • Click on the “Submit here” link below. The form will appear in a new window.
  • Fill in all the necessary sumbission fields. You have the option to save as a draft and come back to the form later (a link will be provided, optionally sent to your email).
  • Submit the form. Please note: once you have submitted the form you can no longer edit it!
  • You will then receive an email that confirms your submission.
  • Applicants submitting a paper that is not yet published must additionally submit a proof of publication approval.

IGC Award

Submission status: close

Next submission will open in September 2018

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