Awards - Francesco Kjellberg Award for Outstanding Papers Presented by New Scholars

Francesco KjellbergThe purpose of the Francesco Kjellberg Award is to encourage young, new scholars to write and present papers at the World Congress of Political Science. The recipient is offered a complimentary two-year IPSA membership and funding of his/her travel costs to the following World Congress of Political Science. The award is made on the commendation of the IPSA Committee on Organization, Procedures and Awards (COPA) on the basis of nominations by convenors and chairs at the World Congress and is based on normal criteria of academic excellence. 

Francesco Kjellberg

This award is given in honor of a distinguished Norwegian political scientist, Francesco Kjellberg. Professor Kjellberg was IPSA Secretary General from 1988 to 1994. His involvement with IPSA spanned more than 20 years. He was secretary of the Research Committee on Comparative Study of Local Government and Politics (RC-05) from 1976 to 1979, member of the IPSA Executive Committee from 1979 to 1985, and program chair of the 13th  IPSA World Congress (Paris 1985). He was also secretary of the Norwegian Political Science Association and taught at Oslo University. He passed away in March 1998.







Amount - $1,000 US* (Following Congress)

The prize is of $1,000 US awarded to one winner. 

* The award recipient is to attend the following IPSA Congress to receive the monetary prize.

Deadline: September 28, 2018


Guidelines for nominations

Nominations for the award must be made by convenors or panel chairs and must include:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the chair or convenor indicating that the candidate fulfills the criteria and is worthy of an award (official letter in PDF format);
  2. The curriculum vitae of the author;
  3. A copy of the congress paper.

The following are the criteria for the award:

  1. Candidates must be new scholars, not more than five years after completion of a Ph.D., or at the beginning of an equivalent active academic career, at the time of presenting the paper;
  2. The paper must be original, unpublished and presented personally by candidate at the congress;
  3. The paper must be outstanding and worthy of publication in a leading political science journal.

Convenors and chairs are invited to send their nominations:

By email: A PDF copy ( (containing the three required documents) by email to the attention of Guy Lachapelle, the IPSA Secretary General,  to:


By mail: A printed copy by mail to:

Guy Lachapelle
Secretary General
International Political Science Association (IPSA)
1590, av. Docteur-Penfield, bureau 331
Montréal (QC) H3G 1C5


Francesco Kjellberg Award Recipients*

Hanno Jentzsch, German Institute for Japanese Studies (Japan)
Paper: Tracing the Local Origins of Farmland Policies in Japan - Local-National Policy Transfers and Endogenous Institutional Change

Hanno Jentzsch studied East Asian Politics at the Ruhr-University Bochum. He received his PhD from the University of Duisburg-Essen in March 2016. The dissertation analyzed the role of the “local” in processes of endogenous institutional change, based on evidence from Japan’s gradually changing agricultural support and protection regime. Since October 2016, he is a senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, where he continues to work on the changing political economy of regional Japan. Main research interests include capitalist variety, the politics of liberalization, and urban-rural relations in advanced political economies. 

Maroine Bendaoud, McMaster University (Canada)
Paper: Are Governments Smarter Than We Think? The Welfare State in Canadian Provinces

Maroine Bendaoud is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University, Canada. Before joining the political science department at McMaster, he completed a PhD at University of Montreal in 2016. His thesis focused on the low-income housing sector in Canada.

Jessica Guth, Bradford University School of Management (UK)
Paper: Gendering the Court of Justice of the European Union

Rafael Pinero and Mauricio Morales.
Paper: Financiamiento Público de Campañas: Cómo los subsidios por votos estimulan el gasto electoral

Charles Gomes, IUPERJ (Brazil).
Paper : L’effet de la culture juridique sur la politique d’immigration en France et aux États-Unis

Eui-Young Kim, University of Michigan (USA).
Paper : The Business Interest Association and the Political Economy of Development in South Korea

Susan Dicklich, University of South Carolina (USA)
Paper : The Democratization of Uganda under the NRM Regime

1st prize
Peter Wagner, Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin (Germany)
Paper : Social Science and the State in Continental Western Europe - the political structuratrion of disciplinary discourse

2nd prize
Zehra Arat, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (USA)
Paper : Human rights trade-offs in developing countries : a comparative study of declining democracies

* No Award was given in 1991, 2003, 2006 and 2012.