Robert A. Dahl Award
Nominations are now closed.
The Dahl Award honors an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy.
The award was established in honor of Dr. Robert Dahl, who served as APSA President in 1966. The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750.
- Eligibility: Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award. It is not compulsory that authors be political scientists.
Non-ladder faculty members and junior tenure-track faculty at universities and colleges are eligible for the Dahl Award, as are scholars at nonprofit organizations and think tanks, and independent scholars.
Scholarship eligible for the Dahl Award includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy. You may submit one item per nomination: one book, one article, one paper, etc.
Books must have been published in the previous calendar year to be eligible for the current awards cycle (books for the 2021 award must be published in 2020). Many books contain both a publication date and a copyright date, and these may differ. Eligibility is determined by the earlier of these dates that is printed with the publication information at the front of the book.
If you are nominating a book:
- Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask to have a copy of the nominated book mailed directly to each award committee member.
Self-nominations are accepted. If you nominate yourself for a book award, you assume responsibility for contacting your publisher and having copies of your book sent to the award committee.
- Publishers: After completing and submitting your nomination online through the APSA application portal, please mail a copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.