Research Committees

RC05 Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper

Submission deadline: October 15, 2022.

Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05) of the International Sociological Association, is pleased to announce a new prize for outstanding papers in the areas of Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity, written by postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 3 years of their PhD award).

The RC05 will award one prize which will include the registration fee for the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne, June 25-July 1, 2023, and RC05 membership for 2 years.


Postgraduate students and early-career researchers (within 3 years of their PhD). Applicants do not need to be a member of the RC05.

Submission Guidelines

  • Texts can be up to 10,000 words
  • Articles in development for journals or already published (since January 2022) are allowed
  • Applicants can only submit one text

In your submission email please include:

  • a copy of the paper (ideally as a Word document)
  • a 150-word statement explaining why your submission should be considered for the prize

Submit your paper to Dr Martina Boese, RC05 Membership Secretary, at by October 15, 2022.

Selection Process

The jury consists of 4 board members, and the award winner will be announced by early December 2022.

Shortlisted Papers for the first edition of the Prize

The RC05 is pleased to announce the shortlist for its inaugural RC05 Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper, for which submissions closed at the end of October 2022:
- "Sociology of Indigenous Communities" by Bryan Lee D. Celeste (University of Newcastle, Australia)
- "Influxes and invaders: the intersections between the metaphoric construction of immigrant Otherness and ethnonationalism" by Dr Catherine Ann Martin (The University of Western Australia, Australia)
- "From Black Lives Matter to EndSARS: Women’s Socio-political Power and the Transnational Movement for Black Lives" by Dr Adaugo Pamela Nwakanma (Harvard University, USA)