IG Award

The International Geneva Award (IG 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 Switzerland’s academics and International Geneva. The Award will be given to the three best papers published on a subject related to international studies that are especially useful from the perspective of International Organisations.

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.

IG Award description


Know the Award

This award of CHF 5’000 is for authors who have published their papers in the domain of international studies whose findings are accessible to a wider audience and relevant to the work of International Organisations.


Check Your Eligibility

Entrants must be researchers working at post-doctoral level and above who have published academic papers in international studies in the previous year. You will find more detailed eligibility criteria below.


Meet the Deadline

The call is currently closed. The next submission window will be in fall 2024

Submission details

The SNIS provides CHF 15’000 annually for the IG 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.

  • 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 do not need to 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 after the 1st September 2022.
  • 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 three following languages: English, French or German, with a substantive abstract in English. All material in another language must have a full translation in English, French or German 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.
  • Click on the “Submit here” link above. 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.

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