Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize

Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s new hub for global affairs and policy impact, is now accepting submissions for its inaugural Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize. This $10,000 prize seeks to encourage 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 intended for a policy audience that draw on original academic research.

Submissions should be informed by rigorous academic scholarship and be original essays between 3,000 and 5,000 words that clearly lay out a global policy challenge as well, as describe a novel path forward to address that policy challenge. Submissions will be judged on policy relevancy, writing quality, the importance of the policy challenge, the feasibility of its policy recommendations, and the quality of the underlying academic scholarship authored or co-authored by the applicant.

This prize is intended to encourage scholars to refashion their existing academic work in a way that speaks to broader global policy audiences and, ideally, advances a policy debate. To that end, we encourage scholars from all disciplines to apply. Scholars should frame their submission in a format and style appropriate for the relevant policy community they seek to influence. Examples of forms and style for submissions might include framing and writing similar to that which could appear in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyThe National InterestCityLab, and The Conversationamong other publications that speak to policy audiences. Applicants should state at the outset of their submission an example of a specific publication where their piece might be appropriate and the policy audience they seek to influence.

Up to three prizes will be awarded in the inaugural cycle: one in each of Perry World House’s two research themes and one in a general category. Perry World House’s two research themes are: The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance; and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. 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. It seeks to understand the drivers of change and the varied implications of those changes. The Global Shifts theme considers the causes and consequences of human movements, ranging from the drivers of displacement including conflict and climate change, to the implications of demographic shifts. This theme examines policy responses to these challenges, such as city leadership, sustainable urbanization, and new forms of international governance cooperation. The general category for the prize covers any area of global policy.


Additional Application Information

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.

In consultation with each prize winner, Perry World House will work with a partner to have the piece published or publish it ourselves as a White Paper. Finally, each winner will be invited to present their research at Perry World House during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications should be in English and include a CV, any underlying original pieces of academic scholarship, and the essay submission. A panel of judges will select the overall winners.



Applications will be accepted until May 13, 2019 at: http://bit.ly/PWHPolicyPrize



  • Eligibility is open to emerging scholars from around the world, including scholars at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • This includes junior faculty, postdocs, and advanced graduate students. (Tenured faculty are not eligible.)
  • Other scholars are eligible to apply if they completed the relevant terminal degree in their field of study in 2013 or after.
  • One submission per person.


About Perry World House

Perry World House is the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for global engagement. It is a center for scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on pressing global issues. To learn more about Perry World House, go to: https://global.upenn.edu/perryworldhouse.


Additional Information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email worldhouse@pwh.upenn.edu with the subject line “Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize.”