Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is a student who is graduating in the fall eligible to apply for the Lamb Prize? The answer is YES.

Students who graduate in the Fall are eligible to apply for the Prize that is to be awarded in April of the following year (i.e., the same academic year).  For example, students who graduated in December of 2017 were eligible to apply for the 2018 Prize. The deadline for receiving an application or nomination is the third Friday in February each year.


2. May a person nominate more than one student per year? The answer is YES.


3. Does a successful applicant have to be a citizen of the United States? The answer is NO.


4. Is an applicant or nominee required to be majoring or minoring in Political Science? The answer is NO.

The Selection Committee will evaluate each application based on the Selection Criteria. Although the paper must be related to Political Science, the student need not be a Political Science major or minor.  Examples of subjects related  Political Science include, but are not limited to, Good Governance, Public Administration, International Relations, International Politics, Diplomacy, Political Economics, Public Policy, Government, Comparative Politics, Public Law, Political History, Political Psychology, Political Philosophy, and Political Communication.


5. What is the required length for the applicant’s “cover letter?” Answer:

There is no required minimum or maximum length. Typical cover letters have ranged between one and two single-spaced, typewritten pages.


6. What is the required length for letters of recommendation or nomination? Answer:

There is no required minimum or maximum length. Such letters have ranged between one and three pages in length.