Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize Application Form 2021 and Guidelines

Last Updated on January 18, 2021

Applications are open for the Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize 2021. Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global policy research, is partnering with Foreign Affairs, the preeminent outlet for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics, and global affairs, for the 2021 Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize.

The 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.


  • Each winner will receive an award of $10,000 from Perry World House. Perry World House encourages prize winners to use the prize to advance their academic research and policy impact. Each prize winner will also have her/his/their essay published by Foreign Affairs online and/or in print.


  • 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.

Selection Criteria

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.

A panel of judges will select the overall winners. Submissions will be judged on policy relevance, writing quality, the importance of the policy challenge, the feasibility of its policy recommendations, and the quality of the underlying academic scholarship.


Applications should be in English and include:

  • The prize essay (can be single authored or co-authored);
  • The underlying academic scholarship the prize essay is based on (formats can include a published or forthcoming article/chapter, unpublished academic manuscripts, etc.); and
  • CV.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, visit Perry World House.

Application Deadline: May 11, 2021

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