Selection Criteria


  • Each year the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science will be presented to the outstanding Political Science undergraduate who best combines innovation, breadth of knowledge, and good writing.
  • Award recipient must be an undergraduate at the time of the award who is pursuing a major in any field of Political Science, including–but not limited to–International Relations, Foreign Policy, International Organizations, Comparative Politics, Area Studies, Public Administration, Public Finance, Public Personnel Management, Public Law, and Public Policy.
  • Award recipients must be students who are currently enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a college or university in the United States.
  • Award recipients may only submit work completed within the 12 months prior to the deadline.
  • Award recipients must complete the Application Form or must have been nominated via a completed Nomination Form.
  • Financial need is not a factor in awarding this prize.
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor indicating satisfactory progress toward a degree in one of the fields of Political Science and supporting the application.
  • Members of the Bert and Phyllis Lamb family are not eligible to apply.
  • For the purpose of this prize, “innovation” includes, but is not limited to: creative expression and scholarship; research suggestive of new methodology; advances in conflict-resolution, institutional design, negotiation and political-based solution; and original and inventive works (such as papers, projects, and research) that examine political issues.
  • For the purpose of this prize, “good writing” includes, but is not limited to: proper use of grammar; appropriate use of tone in an individual voice capable of specificity; conventions that are correct and communicative; logical organization and clarity; and articulation of interesting and important ideas.
  • Successful applications or nominations must include a précis and a paper.
  • Successful submissions must meet the following criteria:
  1. Single authorship
  2. Not accepted for publication elsewhere
  3. Attributable to the applicant or nominee
  4. Address a well defined problem
  5. Solution described fits the problem
  6. Innovation is either completely new or a unique application of a known
  7. The innovation must have worked or be judged likely to work in the opinion of the Selection Committee
  8. Must be typewritten—we do not accept handwritten submissions.
    1. A  single-spaced and typed précis of a paper describing the innovation or summary of the innovative paper. The précis must not exceed 600 words.
    2. A double-spaced, typed paper no longer than 6,000 words in length, plus references.
    3. Application or Nomination Form

We are not responsible for loss or damage of submissions.  Submission will not be returned; please retain a copy for your records.

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