Prizes, Awards and Fellowship

Every year the Government Department awards prizes and fellowships for distinguished academic work and research by undergraduate students.

Essay Prizes

The Pressman Prize is awarded to a senior Government Major who has written a thesis of outstanding quality in the field of American Government and Politics.

Previous winners of The Pressman Prize.

The Bennett Essay Prize is awarded to a senior Government Major who has written a thesis of outstanding quality in the field of Political Theory or Public Law.

Previous winners of The Bennett Essay Prize.

The Rockefeller Prize in Comparative Politics is awarded to a senior Government Major who has written a thesis of outstanding quality in the field of Comparative Politics. The Prize consists of a money award and an engraved pewter plate.

Previous winners of The Rockefeller Prize in Comparative Politics.

The Rockefeller Prize in International Relations is awarded to a senior Government Major who has written a thesis of outstanding quality in the field of International Relations.

Previous winners of The Rockefeller Prize in International Relations.

The James Fairbanks Colby Prize

The James Fairbanks Colby Prize is awarded to the Government major or majors whose academic work, extracurricular activities, and future plans most compellingly establish the student's commitment to public service.

Previous winners of The James Fairbanks Colby Prize.

The Andrew Warden Edson 1925 Memorial Prize

The Edson Prize is a book award that is given to a student or students who had a remarkable academic performance in the Department introductory courses.

The Fowler Family Prize

The Fowler Family Prize in Democratic Politics is awarded to the Government major or majors who have combined academic excellence in the Department with demonstrated effectiveness in the practice of political analysis or civic engagement. 

Previous winners of The Fowler Family Prize.

The Rintels Prize

Each year the Government Department nominates one student in the Honors Program for the Rintels Prize. The Rintels Prize recognizes an outstanding thesis written in the field of literature, language, philosophy, or the social sciences.