Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards

Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding $1,000 to the best paper/s written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.


You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2018-2019 academic year (Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 terms).

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.

You can submit any particular paper to only one center; however, you may submit multiple papers (to multiple centers).

  • Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia – papers written in English only; papers must be minimum 10 pages, maximum 30 pages; multimedia projects accepted


Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar’s scholarship system before the end of the current academic year.


All AY 2018-2019 submissions must be submitted by 10am on May 1, 2019.


To submit a paper, send the following by email as a single pdf document to the IRIS Awards Office,

1. Cover page including all the following information:

  • Name
  • UW email address
  • Campus ID number
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Center to which you are submitting
  • Title of your paper
  • Course name and number and term taken (or indicate thesis & degree program)
  • Name & email address of course instructor (or thesis advisor)
  • Word count of submission (including footnotes but not bibliography)
  • 100 word abstract of paper and its significance

2. The paper itself


Email Mark Lilleleht @ or call 608.265.6070.