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International Sociological Association

Research Committee on
Futures Research RC07

Award for Best Student Paper

Award for Best Student Paper has been instituted in 2012 by the Research Committee on Futures Research (RC07) of the International Sociological Association.

This award recognizes the best paper related to sociological futures research authored by one or more graduate students and submitted to a quad-annual world-wide competition of the RC07. This award is intended to encourage promising young scholars in the field of sociological futures research and to foster participation in ISA and RC07.

The award consists of a certificate with a citation and, pending allocation of funds, a monetary reward that can be used toward expenses for attending the ISA World Congress of Sociology. Winners present their paper in one of RC07’s scheduled sessions at the World Congress, and their names will be published in the Newsletter.  

Eligible are papers accepted for inclusion into RC07’s program for the ISA World Congress of Sociology. The author(s) must be registered for a graduate degree at a degree granting institution at the time the paper is submitted. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) but cannot hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) at the time the paper is submitted. Not eligible are papers that were co-authored with a faculty advisor or someone holding a Ph.D. (or its equivalent), or that that have been published or accepted for publication more than three years prior to submission.

Papers must be submitted in English or with an accompanying English translation. The maximum length for the paper is 8,000 words, including bibliography, plus an abstract of not more than 500 words. The Awards Subcommittee specifies further formatting and information requirements in the announcement of each competition. Winners must be member of both the ISA and RC07 at the time of receiving the award.

An announcement for award competitions will be made in the RC07 Newsletter at least twelve months prior to the World Congress during which the award will be given. Papers must be submitted in hard copy or electronically to each member of the Award Subcommittee as specified in the announcement. Papers can be submitted by the author(s) or by a nominator (e.g., editor, supervisor, or other third party).

Selection Process
The papers will be evaluated by an Award Subcommittee consisting of the president of RC07 (ex-officio) and at least two other RC07 members from different countries, who are board members or senior scholars confirmed by the board. The Chair of the Award Subcommittee takes the lead in organizing the selection process. Members of the Subcommittee are expected to draw on the expertise of other RC07 board members and/or senior scholars. The primary criteria for selection are originality of ideas, social relevance, conceptual rigor, analytical perceptiveness, and clarity of style.  

To avoid potential conflicts of interest, members of the Award Subcommittee must disclose any substantial personal or professional ties with submitters or nominees (e.g., as instructor, supervisor, dissertation committee member, or editor) to the other members of the Subcommittee and the board of RC07.

The Awards Subcommittee is expected to make its decision by consensus. If no consensus is possible, then a vote may be held, in which the simple majority decides, unless a subcommittee member vetoes. The Awards Subcommittee can decide to split the award, extend special recognition for the best paper from the Economic South (ISA’s category B/C countries), make honorary mentions of runners-up, or to not make an award.  

The selection process will be completed in time for winners to register for the World Congress in which they are to receive the award. The time-table for the selection process will be planned accordingly. 

The president will report the Award Subcommittee’s decision to the ISA Executive Committee and the RC07 Newsletter Editor. 

There is no monetary reward permanently linked to this award. However, RC07 will make efforts to raise funds towards the winners’ expenses for attending the World Congress and/or other financial rewards, pending budgetary considerations and available donations. The amount available for the award will be determined by the Board of RC07 and indicated in the announcement of each competition.

The award will be granted every four years at the World Congress of Sociology, in accordance with the procedures specified above.

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