Association for Borderlands Studies: Annual Awards


Past Presidents’ Book Awards

The ABS Past Presidents’ Book Award is presented to any published monographic (single or multiple authored, including edited) book in the social and natural sciences, and humanities involving original research on borders, borderlands and border regions, and reviewed in the Journal of Borderlands Studies. Each year there is a Gold Award, a Silver Award and a Bronze Award. The Gold Award consists of a plaque, a certificate and a year’s free membership in ABS. Also, the winner of the Gold Award chairs the ABS book award committee for the next year and is the ABS guest and keynote speaker at the next annual meeting.

Best Paper Award

This award is the creation of Professor Harlan Koff, President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), at the University of Luxembourg. RISC is proud to sponsor a yearly best paper award to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). The award, selected by a committee of scholars from ABS and the RISC Consortium, will recognize the best paper submitted by the deadline, and presented in person by at least one author. The award committee will only consider original papers on comparative research on the human or environmental impacts of cross border regional integration processes. The paper selected for this award will be submitted for publication in the journal Regions & Cohesion. The author(s) will also receive a certificate and 250 Euros.

Best Student Paper Competition

Each year ABS extends a special invitation to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in borderland issues to take part in the upcoming meeting. Up to four cash awards are offered to the best student papers presented at the conference: first and second place for both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to these cash awards, the first place graduate paper will be automatically considered for publication in the Journal of Borderland Studies. Papers must be sole-authored by the student submitting the paper, not co-authored with a faculty advisor or other student(s). Papers must be original work developed as a conference research paper, not a project report for funded work. Students must present the paper at the conference to qualify for the prizes. They must also be full time students and current members of the ABS.