Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize

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 2019-2020 Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize.

Please note that the Emerging Scholars Policy Prize now closes on July 1, 2020. We understand that COVID-19 is differentially impacting productivity, so we've extended our deadline to ensure we get a broad range of submissions from talented scholars.

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. It recognizes outstanding, original essays intended for a policy audience that draw on original academic research.

The prize is intended to encourage scholars to leverage their existing academic work to speak to broader global policy audiences and, ideally, to advance policy debate. To that end, we welcome applications from scholars of all disciplines. Applicants should submit original essays between 4,000 and 5,000 words, based on their academic scholarship. Submissions should be written in a format and style appropriate for publication in Foreign Affairs.

Winning essays will be selected based on their overall excellence and alignment with Perry World House’s two research themes, which are:

The 2019 prize winners were published at Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy

Additional Application Information

Each winner will receive an award of $10,000 from Perry World House, and have her/his/their essay published by Foreign Affairs online and/or in print. Perry World House encourages winners to use the prize to advance their academic research and policy impact. 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academic scholarship the prize essay is based on (formats can include a published or forthcoming article/chapter, unpublished academic manuscripts, etc.); and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.

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.


  • The prize is 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. Please note that tenured faculty are not eligible.
  • Other scholars are eligible to apply if they completed the relevant terminal degree in their field of study in 2014 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 an award, the authors would split the award equally.

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2020 at: