Dissertation Award in Latin American Politics


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The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the Dissertation Award in Latin American Politics. The award is established with gifts from friends, colleagues, and former students to honor Harvard Department of Government Professor Jorge I. Domínguez for his service to the study of Latin America, Harvard, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. The prize will be awarded annually to recognize outstanding original research on a Latin American and Caribbean political topic undertaken in any of the social sciences and history. The recipient will be chosen by a faculty committee from applications received through an open competition. The award consists of $4,000 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient.

Rules & Eligibility: With exceptions noted below, doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have passed their thesis defense for the Ph.D. any time during the two calendar years preceding the date at which the award is to be presented are eligible for the award. For the 2017 award, a person is eligible if the Ph.D. is completed in 2015 or 2016.

Nomination & Selection Process: Serving a diverse and inclusive community of scholars is a primary goal for this award. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scholars from outside the U.S. are especially encouraged. The student's thesis advisor nominates the student. A student may be a finalist in the competition only once. It is intended that the Thesis Prize be awarded to a single individual. Eligible non-finalists may only be re-nominated by submitting an entirely new package, even if it is the same as the original package. Re-nominations do not occur automatically.

Applications and nominations must be submitted to the chair of the thesis prize committee (care of Ned Strong ned_strong@harvard.edu) by June 1, 2017. Materials must be submitted as a single PDF file in an email attachment.

The nomination process is initiated by the thesis advisor. The nomination package consists of the following materials:

  1. A nomination letter from the thesis advisor citing the specific contributions of the nominee and the significance of those contributions.
  2. A letter from the department chair certifying the Ph.D. defense date. The defense date and final submission of the dissertation must occur in the two calendar years prior to the date on which the award will be announced.
  3. A manuscript prepared by the nominee describing the thesis research; the manuscript may not exceed 750 words (excluding figures and references).
  4. An abstract prepared by the nominee that is suitable for publication; the abstract may not exceed 1,300 characters. The name of the thesis supervisor and the institution should be indicated in a footnote.
  5. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae.

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return email. Please contact Ned Strong if an acknowledgement is not soon received. Once a nomination packet is submitted, updates to the nomination will be permitted up to the submission deadline, June 1, 2017 (please send a single new PDF file in this case). Anyone (who is not a member of the Thesis Award Selection Committee) may submit one nomination or seconding letter in any given year. Awards will be announced in the month of September 2017.