Academic Awards and Prizes

The Paul Guggenheim Prize in International Law

 

The Paul Guggenheim Foundation was created in 1979 to honour the memory of Professor Paul Guggenheim, an eminent scholar of international law and professor at the Graduate Institute. Every two years, the Paul Guggenheim Prize rewards a young specialist in the field of international law, author of a first monograph of outstanding quality on a subject of general interest and likely to make a real contribution to the study of international law.

The 2019 edition of the Paul Guggenheim Prize is currently accepting applications. Closing date: 31 May 2019.

 

The 2017 Paul Guggenheim Prize was jointly attributed to:

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The Ladislas Mysyrowicz Prize

 

The  Ladislas Mysyrowicz Prize is awarded for an excellent master’s dissertation or PhD thesis devoted to the study of refugees.

  • Laureate ex aequo: Estelle Gagnebin
  • Dissertation: "Negotiations of Identities and Boundary-work: Narrations of Belonging and Unbelonging of Refugee Women in Geneva"
     
  • Laureate ex aequo: Zong Yao Yap, Master in Development Studies
  • Dissertation: "Stratified Belonging, Layered Subjectivities: the Complexities of Refugee Integration in Cosmopolitan Berlin"

 

The Pierre du Bois Prize

 

This annual prize, created by the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l'histoire du temps présent, rewards a student who prepares the best PhD thesis in international history presented at the Institute.

  • Laureate: Dr Paroma Raya Ghose, PhD in International History
  • Thesis: "'Silence…On est en France': A Rap History of the ‘Other’ in France, 1881-
    2012"

Contact: info@fondation-pierredubois.ch

 

The Leonid Hurwicz Prize

 

This annual prize rewards a student who prepares the best PhD thesis in international or development economics. Leonid Hurwicz was an alumnus of the Graduate Institute. He received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2007, together with Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson, for the formulation of mechanism design theory.

  • Laureate ex aequo: Dr Aakriti Mathur, PhD in International Economics
  • Thesis: "Essays in Banking and Monetary Policy"
     
  • Laureate ex aequo: Dr Pedro Guimarães Naso, PhD in Development Economics
  • Thesis: "Impacts of Legal and Regulatory Institutions on Economic Development"

 

The Anthropology and Sociology Department Prize

 

  • Laureate: Riddhi Gyan Pandey, Master in Anthropology and Sociology
  • Dissertation: "”(Un)Free Writings: An Anthropological Enquiry into Prison Writings from India"

 

The Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize

 

The Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize was created in May 2004 to honour the memory of a former assistant in the International Law Department. It is awarded each year to a student who writes the best master’s dissertation in international law.

  • Laureate: Daniel Ricardo Quiroga Villamarin, Master in International Law
  • Dissertation: "Containing Globalization: A Material History of Transnational Regulation through Shipping Containers (1956-1968)

 

The Rudi Dornbusch Prize

 

This annual prize rewards a student who writes the best master’s dissertation in international economics. Rudi Dornbusch was an alumnus of the Institute and one of the most influential international economists of all time.

  • Laureate: Reuben Muhindi Wambui, Master in International Economics
  • Dissertation: "Climate-Related Financial Risks for Kenyan Banks: An Analysis of Loan Portfolios and GHG Emissions"

 

The International Relations/Political Science Department Prize

 

  • Laureate ex aequo: Leopoldo Biffi, Master in International Relations/Political Science
  • Dissertation: "Too Complex or Too Ambitious? Exploring Hurdles in the Enforcement of EU
    Free Trade Agreements"
     
  • Laureate ex aequo: Meredydd Rix, Master in International Relations/Political Science
  • Dissertation: "Putting the Ontological Back into Ontological Security: Indian Indeterminacy as a Challenge to Selfhood"

 

The Institute's Alumni Association Prize

 

This prize was established by the Alumni Association to reward a student from the Institute who prepares the most outstanding PhD thesis. It is awarded every year by each academic unit in turn.

  • Laureate ex aequo: Dr Damien Clavel, PhD in International History
  • Thesis: "Fraude Financière, Dette Souveraine et Impérialisme d’Affaires : Une Micro-Histoire de l’Echec Poyais, 1820-1824"
     
  • Laureate ex aequo: Dr Caio Simoes de Araujo, PhD in International History
  • Thesis: "Diplomacy of Blood and Fire: Portuguese Decolonization and the Race Question, ca. 1945-1968

Contact: carine.leu@graduateinstitute.ch

 

The Arditi Prize in International Relations

 

In 1993, the Arditi Foundation created the Arditi Prize in International Relations, which is awarded to the best master’s dissertation in international studies or international affairs.

  • Laureate: Gabriela Balvedi Pimentel, Master in Anthropology and Sociology
  • Dissertation: "From WIPO to Vale Do Ribeira and Back: Global (Dis)connections, Indigenous Knowledges and Narratives of Protection"

 

Student Leadership Award



The Student Leadership Award was created through a proposal by GISA in 2018 to reward outstanding student engagement through participation in student committees, student initiatives or other activities related to the Graduate Institute’s student life.

  • Laureate: Alexa Rae BURK, PhD in International History, President and Founder of the Parent Initiative, GISA President