The Award
The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system. Applications not thus related to the UN and/or UN system will not be considered.

An important component of the Award for its winner is the recognition of excellence that this entails throughout ACUNS’ global community of scholars and practitioners. The Award also includes a monetary component in the amount of $1,500.00 US.

In addition, the winner is encouraged to attend the ACUNS Annual Meeting in that same year, where she/he will be introduced and recognized as the Award winner. In that case, the winner will receive an Annual Meeting registration fee waiver (worth up to $150 of the registration fee) plus an additional award of up to $500 following the Meeting for the reimbursement of related travel and/or accommodations costs.

The Dissertation Award winner is encouraged to consider in the future submitting an article to ACUNS’ journal, Global Governance. Use of any materials, however, will be at the discretion of the journal editorial team and subject to the normal review process.

Applicants for the award should already be a student member of ACUNS. Information about joining ACUNS can be found on our website under Join/Renew. If you are an applicant from the Global South whose financial status may preclude them from purchasing a membership, please contact [email protected]

Eligible candidates may be citizens of any country and must be entering the writing stage of a PhD, JSD, or LLM level degree—for example, a doctoral candidate who has defended her/his dissertation proposal and who has completed the majority of field research, and who now is writing a first draft of the dissertation. The award is intended for students in the final year of their program. It is not intended for students who already have completed, or who are about to complete, the writing, or who are about to defend their thesis.

If you have any questions, or are not clear whether your application falls within the guidelines, you should contact the ACUNS Secretariat prior to submitting your application, at [email protected]

Applications must be received at the ACUNS Secretariat in full by Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (new deadline).


Application Procedure
Applications must include all of the following:

  • The applicant’s dissertation proposal or a similar description of the research, which must be no more than 25 pages (typed and double spaced, including bibliography/citations) in length. The review committee will not examine any submissions longer in length than 25 pages;
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with the student’s academic work, one of whom must be the applicant’s dissertation supervisor. Only two letters should be provided.

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the submission and your two referees will receive an email from ACUNS containing the URL link to the webpage where they can upload their letters of recommendation. This email will also contain the essential details your references will need to complete their portion of this application.

You will be notified by the online system when a letter of recommendation has been submitted by one of your referees. Your application will not be considered if it remains incomplete by the submission deadline.

The winner will be notified by April 30, 2019. Once the Award has been accepted, ACUNS will notify all other applicants of the final decision, and details of the winning applicant’s project will be posted on the ACUNS web site.

Due to the large number of applications received, ACUNS cannot provide any detailed response regarding the evaluation of any individual application.


If you wish to submit a recommendation letter, you can can do so by clicking the URL link included in the email you received when the student applicant submitted his or her application. If you did not receive this email, please contact [email protected].

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