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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.     

The Rockefeller Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship

The Rockefeller Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship is intended to support a graduating senior that has plans to advance their research work during a summer residency in Hanover.

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.