Ford Institute announces Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award Competition

Named in the honor of the Ford Institute’s founder, Dr. Simon Reich, the award promotes high-quality research and writing by GSPIA students in the field of human security. Students are encouraged to submit a paper, and faculty are encouraged to nominate papers for consideration. Ford Institute affiliated faculty members will review the papers based on the following criteria:

  • a clearly stated policy problem, hypothesis or research question;
  • an analytical model or theory to guide the inquiry;
  • evidence (qualitative, quantitative or both) to evaluate the problem, test the hypothesis, or answer the research question; and 
  • citations and references.
  • There is no requirement or restriction on the number of pages. 

Eligibility: The author must be a graduating GSPIA Master’s degree candidate. The topic must be directly related to the essential human security concerns of safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of individuals and their communities. It may have either a domestic or an international focus. 

The winner will receive a monetary award, have his or her name announced during the 2017 GSPIA graduation ceremony, and have his or her paper published in the Pitt Policy Journal. 

Papers may be submitted to fihs@pitt.edu by 3:00 p.m., March 27, 2017. For more information, direct questions to Diane Roth Cohen, Assistant Director, Ford Institute for Human Security at drc51@pitt.edu or 412-648-7434. 



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