MESP Undergraduate Paper Awards – Deadline May 1, 2021

Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions. Our center (MESP) is a member of IRIS and offers two awards, see below for information.

Learn more about the other participating centers and their awards here.


You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to.

You can submit any particular paper to only one center; however, you may submit multiple papers and to multiple centers.


Middle East Studies Program will award two papers; submissions must be in English; papers must be minimum 8 pages; multimedia projects not accepted.


Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar’s scholarship system before the end of the current academic year.


All AY 2020-2021 submissions must be submitted by 10am on May 1, 2020.


To submit a paper/project, send the following by email as a single pdf document to the IRIS Awards Office,

1. Cover page including all the following information:

  • Name
  • UW email address
  • Campus ID number
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Center to which you are submitting
  • Title of your paper
  • Course name and number and term taken (or indicate thesis & degree program)
  • Name & email address of course instructor (or thesis advisor)
  • Word count of submission (including footnotes but not bibliography)
  • 100 word abstract of paper and its significance

2. The paper itself


Email Mark Lilleleht @ or call 608.265.6070.