Global South Feminist Scholar Award

About this Award

This award recognises the significant contributions of mid-career to senior scholars in and from the Global South to feminist and gender scholarship in IR broadly defined. 

Hegemonic Euro- and West-centrism often renders the important work of this category of scholars invisible, as study after study from within and without the ISA has shown. Because their subjects, methods, sources, resources, theories and frameworks are evaluated according to standards of scholarship set by the Global North academy, this work is often devalued, underrepresented, and invisibilised. At the same time, scholars from the North, feminist or not, draw upon these and other indigenous knowledges, often without acknowledgement, to better situate their own research on those contexts. 

Thus, this award addresses the acknowledged tendency for epistemologies of the Global South to be marginalised, appropriated, and unaccounted for both in IR specifically, and global knowledge production in general, and for feminist scholarship to be diminished within the various disciplines. It aims to decentre whiteness, recognise other universes of knowledge, acknowledge the contributions of Global South studies to the global academy, and engender the decolonisation of the field of feminist and gender studies, and of international studies itself. 

In so doing, the award enhances the ongoing efforts at inclusion and transformation within the FTGS, complementing existing awards which recognise excellence in feminist research, while at the same time filling a gap in redefining excellence in more global and inclusive terms.


  • Scholars in the area of feminist theory and gender studies whose scholarship have extended the frontiers of the discipline and advanced our understanding about Global South contexts in particular.
  • Must be from the Global South and based at institutions located there.
  • Must have made significant and demonstrable impact (locally or internationally) on the fields of feminism, gender and international studies, broadly defined, either through scholarship and teaching, mentoring, leadership, policy-relevant work, or any combination of these.
  • Targets mid-career to senior scholars specifically.
  • Nominees need not be members of ISA and FTGS at the time of nomination, but awardees are expected to become members of ISA and FTGS upon conferment of the award.


The award committee eagerly solicits nominations from all across the globe of individuals who meet the above criteria. Given the structural barriers already identified above, the award committee will also actively reach out to individuals, institutions and networks in the Global South for nominations.

  • Nominators may submit (a) a nomination letter highlighting the fitness of the nominee for this award (b) nominee’s abridged CV, no more than 5 pages long, and (c) supporting letters (if available) from persons familiar with the nominee’s scholarship and work.
  • Nomination and supporting letters should not exceed two pages each.
  • Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession.
  • Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.


  • The recipient will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $800.

How to apply

  • Submit all documents by email to the chair of the award committee, Luah Tomas ( 
  • The deadline for nomination this year is September 5, 2022.
  • The recipient will be notified by the end of October 2022. They will be encouraged to attend the ISA Annual Convention 2023 in order to receive the award in person.

Past winners

2022: Dr Srila Roy, the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Honourable Mention: Professor Jean Encinas-Franco, University of the Philippines

About the FTGS

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens. For more information, visit:

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section Graduate Student Paper Award 2022 

About the Award

This award, sponsored by Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) section, was established in 1996 to honor an outstanding graduate student paper that covers themes and areas of interest of the FTGS.

The award is open to papers presented at the ISA Annual Conference in 2022 or at any ISA-affiliated conferences worldwide (e.g. CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference in Belgrade, the ISA-Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore, and the ISA International Conference in Accra) from the period right after the ISA Annual Convention in 2021 until July 1, 2022.  Papers that were not fully sponsored by the FTGS section may be nominated. Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we are accepting applications from anyone who was accepted to present at these conferences (even if they were unable to present in person or the conference was cancelled).
General Information

1.      We welcome papers from ISA members and non-members. However, the recipient must be a member of ISA when the award is granted. 

2.      The person nominated must have been a student at the time the paper was (due to be) presented.
*       A $500.00 (USD) cash prize along with a certificate.
*       The award-winning paper will be peer-reviewed by the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) with the prospect of publication.
Selection Process
*       Results will be announced in mid-September, 2022
*       The Committee Chair will notify the recipient  and encourage them to attend the ISA Annual Convention in 2023 to receive the award in person.

How to apply

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2022, 11:59 PM (EST).
*       Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.
*       Nominations may be made by anyone in the profession. We encourage discussants and chairs on FTGS panels at the ISA Annual Convention and other ISA conferences to nominate outstanding papers you encountered.
*       Nominations must include contact information of the nominee and a copy of the relevant paper. They should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Award Committee, Dr Sharmila Parmanand,

We encourage students from geographical, social, gender, or intellectual backgrounds that tend to be underrepresented in academia to apply for this award.

Call for Nominations FTGS Eminent Scholar Award (Deadline 07 June 2022)

About the Award 

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) annually honours an eminent scholar in the International Relations sub-field of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies. Through their research, eminent scholars have made a significant impact and have pushed the boundaries of the sub-field. Many FTGS eminent scholars also have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the section and have advanced feminist scholarship through their teaching, mentoring and leadership. We strongly encourage nominations of scholars who come from under-represented and marginalised communities, epistemological and theoretical lineages as well as those situated within the global South. Details on previous award recipients can be found here.

Application Information Criteria 

  • Applicants have made significant impact and pushed the boundaries of FTGS, (the panel takes ‘performance’ relative to opportunity considerations seriously). 
  • Recipients must be/become a member of the ISA and FTGS at the time of award

Application Process 

  • Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Award Committee – Amanda Chisholm,
  • Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s CV and a letter of support. The letter should speak to the contributions made by the nominee and explain their importance. 
  • Nominations can be made by anyone in the profession or by the relevant community group. 
  • The deadline for nominations is 7 June 2022 
  • Scholars who have previously received the award are not eligible for nomination. 

Selection Process 

The winner will be selected by the FTGS Eminent Scholar Award Committee. The award will be presented at the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section business meeting during the ISA Annual Convention. 

About FTGS 

The Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens. For more information, visit: