Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies annually gives the Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development to a former doctoral student affiliate for excellence in research consistent with the mission and research themes of the Institute.
Call for Nominations
The Kellogg Institute invites nominations by faculty whose former doctoral student advisees (1) are former doctoral student affiliates of the Kellogg Institute and (2) successfully filed with the Graduate School or the Law School of the University of Notre Dame with PhD conferred between September 2022 and August 2023. Note: former doctoral student affiliates includes former Kellogg PhD Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows.
Nomination letters and letters of endorsement should include full name with current email address of the nominee and address the significance of the dissertation research in relation to advancing one or both research themes (democracy and/or human development) of the Kellogg Institute as well as the unique contributions to their respective discipline. Additional considerations include: originality, innovative research methods, as well as the potential for publication and broader impacts in the future.
- Monetary prize of $1,000 plus plaque
- Presentation to be made during the Advisory Board meeting fall 2023 (date TBA).
- Must be a former doctoral student affiliate (includes former PhD Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows) of the Kellogg Institute
- Dissertation filed within September 2022 – August 2023 dates
Faculty letters of nomination should be submitted to Denise Wright via email at email@example.com no later than Tuesday, August 29, 2023.
Upon receipt of the award nomination, nominees will be contacted to submit the following via the online application system by Tuesday, September 12:
- The complete dissertation (including abstract) as submitted to the Graduate School or Law School
- Contribution Statement - a statement (not to exceed two pages) explaining how the dissertation research advances the themes of the Institute and future plans for dissertation
- Name and email address of a member of the dissertation committee for a second letter of endorsement (in addition to originating nomination letter). In addition to the system email notification, the nominee is responsible for arranging the second letter with faculty member asking them to submit a letter via the online system by Tuesday, September 19.
A faculty selection committee identified by the Kellogg Institute will evaluate submissions based on the following:
- research methods
- contributions and advancement of Kellogg research agenda
- contributions to discipline
potential for publication and broader impacts in the future
- Tuesday, August 15, 2023 - Call for nominations opens
- Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - Faculty nominations due to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - Nominee submissions due
- Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - Letter of endorsement due
Friday, October 6, 2023 - Winner notified
Questions and additional information
Contact Assistant Director Denise Wright at email@example.com or x 1-8523
"Democratic Enculturation - Explaining Inaugural Party Resilience in Sub-Saharhan Africa"
Former Kellogg PhD Fellow and Dissertation Year Fellow Paul Friesen is a co-recipient of the 2022 Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.
"Constituting Peace: Foreign Actors, Constitution-Making, and Armed Conflict"
Ilana Rothkopf, former Kellogg doctoral student who's dissertation analyzes the involvement of international actors in constitution-making during armed conflict received the annual Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.
"The Political Economy of Insecurity: Livelihoods, Mobilities, and Social Networks of Women Traders on the Congo-Rwanda Border"
Former Doctoral Student Affiliate Maryam Rokhideh is the recipient of the 2021 Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.
"When the Ukrainain World Was Destroyed": Genocidal Narrative Convergence and Stakeholder Interactions During National Crises"
Kristina Hook, former Kellogg doctoral student and PhD fellow who studies genocide and mass violence against civilians received the second annual Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.
"Pursuing a Mirage: Authoritarian Persistence and Regime Change in the Arab Middle East and North Africa"
M Tahir Kilavuz, a former dissertation year fellow who studies democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, is the first recipient of the Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.