Marian Simms Policy Engagement Award

Marian Simms Policy Engagement Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in research impact and policy engagement in the discipline of Political Science, broadly defined.

Marian Simms Policy Engagement Award was established by the Executive Committee of APSA in memory of the late Professor Marian Simms, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Political Studies by connecting research to policy, demonstrating research impact and modelling inclusive behaviour.

Marian Simms Policy Engagement Award Guideline

  • Call for Nominations 
  • Closing Date for Nominations 
  • Commission of Winner’s Award  

APSA reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

Nomination guidelines

  • The Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in research impact and policy engagement in the discipline of Political Science, broadly defined.
  • The Award winner will demonstrate a broad commitment to diversity and inclusion reflecting both the range of Marian’s intellectual interests as well as her commitment to emerging scholars, women, indigenous and other under-represented groups in the profession.
  • The Award is open to persons employed in an academic position in the discipline of Political Science (at any level).
  • Nominations must include the completed nomination form, a CV of the nominee, and a short statement (around 500 words) from the nominator, describing the case for the nominated individual. Testimony from a variety of individuals is encouraged, but not required.
  • Both nominee and nominator must be a current financial member of APSA in the year of nomination.
  • All documents should be emailed to the APSA National Office at: arts-ssps-apsa@unimelb.edu.au by the announced due date. Please do not submit anything until the call for nominations is announced.

Judging process

  • Nominees will be judged on the following criteria ….
    • Demonstrated contribution to influencing public debate or public policy
    • Meaningful inclusion of relevant stakeholders in research translation
    • Creativity in engaging and connecting research to policy
    • Achievement relative to opportunity
  • The decision will be made by a judging committee appointed by the APSA Executive Committee. Past winners will be encouraged to participate in the judging process for future awards.
  • Anybody who has been nominated for the prize or who has nominated someone else for the prize will not be eligible to participate in the judging panel. Members of judging panels should adhere to the Guidance on Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest. If the Chair of a judging panel has a significant conflict of interest, they must relinquish their position as Chair to one of the other panelists.

Award details:  

  • The winner will be invited to attend the Association’s annual conference dinner (funded by APSA) and receive a certificate and life time membership of APSA.
  • APSA will name only the winner, not the nominees.