IAGS Awards Overview

Emerging Scholar Prize

The International Association of Genocide Scholars will invite applications for its 2019 Emerging Scholar Prize (via the list-serve) closer to the conference date. Two prizes will be given to genocide researchers who are in the early stages of their careers (one a current graduate-level student and one an unwaged Ph.D or recently-graduated scholar who is within the first three years of her or his first professional position or post-doctoral position).

The recipients of the Emerging Scholar Prize must intend to deliver a paper at the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during July of 2019. A small grant which must be used to help the recipient attend the annual conference normally accompanies this prize, in addition to a one-year complimentary membership in IAGS. 

Students of any nationality enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program (e.g., MA, PhD) are eligible, as is anyone who has completed a Ph.D. program within the last three years from date of convocation. There are no restrictions regarding the topic of research so long as it relates to some aspect of genocide studies and prevention. Prize selection will be based on a combination of scholarly merit, significance of the proposed project, and financial need.

Applicants must submit the following documents electronically in English in a single PDF file in the following order:

  • A one-page cover letter that explains the applicant's interest in and need for the prize;
  • A brief CV (max. three pages);
  • An abstract (max. 500 words, not incl. bibliography) of the proposed paper;
  • Proof of student status or of graduation within the past three years (copy of diploma, copy of student identification, or official or unofficial transcript).
  • One confidential letter of reference e-mailed directly to the IAGS President by the referee. The letter may be given as email text or sent as an attachment, but it must include the referee's contact information and any institutional affiliation. Members of the IAGS Executive and Advisory Boards, who will vet the nominations, cannot serve as referees for applicants and cannot apply for this prize.

Engaged Scholarship Prize

The International Association of Genocide Scholars will invite nominations for its 2019 Engaged Scholarship Prize closer to conference date. Any IAGS member of good standing, at any career stage, who combines exemplary scholarship with engagement in genocide awareness and prevention, is eligible to be nominated.

The Prize will be awarded at the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during July of 2019. There is no monetary prize attached to this award, but the recipient will receive a one-year complimentary membership in IAGS.

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others. All nominations must include the following documents, to be sent electronically in English in a single PDF file in the following order:

  • A one-page cover letter, written by the nominator, that describes both the impact of the nominee’s scholarship and their engagement in activities related to genocide prevention, justice, and awareness;
  • A brief CV (max. five pages);
  • A letter of support from another IAGS member.

Members of the IAGS Executive and Advisory Boards, who will vet the nominations, cannot serve as referees or nominators and cannot themselves be nominated.

IAGS Lifetime Achievement Award

The International Association of Genocide Scholars will invite nominations for its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Any established IAGS member of good standing, who possesses an impressive record of scholarly contributions to the genocide studies field, is eligible to be nominated.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during July of 2019. There is no monetary prize with this award, but the recipient will receive a lifetime complimentary membership in IAGS.

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others. All nominations must include the following documents, to be sent electronically in English in a single PDF file in the following order:

  • A one-page cover letter written by the nominator that details the nominee’s lifetime achievements;
  • A brief CV (max. ten pages);
  • Two letters of support from IAGS members.

Members of the IAGS Executive and Advisory Boards, who will vet the nominations, cannot serve as referees or nominators and cannot themselves be nominated.

IAGS Prize for the Arts

“We now live alongside the inhuman, and this promotes two adjacent worlds that embrace a life after death, called survival, and a life within death, for which we have no name, only the assurance, through testimony and art, that it happened.”

                                                             --- Lawrence Langer, Art From the Ashes

Recognizing the importance of the contribution by artists to deepening our understanding of genocide across the interdisciplinary matrix that is genocide studies, IAGS is awarding a prize for artistic excellence open to all producers of creative works whose primary purpose is shedding light on genocide’s causes, structures, harms, and/or aftermaths.

Works by artists working in any medium may be submitted, but only those produced, exhibited, initially performed, or published during the two years prior to the submission date for the award will be considered. Works will be adjudicated by a panel of specialists tasked with determining which one does the most to enrich their understanding of genocide.

The Prize will be awarded at the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during July of 2019. There is no monetary prize attached to this award, but the recipient will receive a one-year complimentary membership in IAGS.

Eligibility Criteria

·      Only those works directly addressing some facet or facets of genocidal history or experience will be considered eligible for this award.

·      Only those works publicly performed or otherwise published or presented during the prior 24 months prior to the submission deadline are eligible for this award.

·      Creative writers are welcome to submit any relevant books, works of short fiction, poetry, or memoirs that were published during the relevant time frame

·      Film and video artists are welcome to submit a work of any length, in any format or combination of formats, that has been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television or radio during the relevant time frame.

·      Musicians or composers are encouraged to submit recordings of works premiered or otherwise publicly inaugurated during the relevant time frame. Owing to technical considerations, musical scores alone are ineligible for this award.

·      Directors and dramatists are welcome to submit written playscripts and/or digital videos documenting productions of works that debuted during the relevant time frame.

·      Visual artists are encouraged to submit one or a related series of works that have premiered and been publicly exhibited during the relevant time frame.  Submission of original artwork is not required, though high-resolution images of the artwork must be provided to the award panelists to assist with their adjudication process.

·      Applications must be accompanied by:

o   A covering letter explaining how the artist’s work satisfies the conditions for this award. This letter must explain the significance of the artwork to understanding genocide and its effects (max. 500 words).

o   A brief CV (max. three pages)

o   A description of the artwork (max. 750-1000 words).