The ISRF and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (JTSB) intend to award a prize of EUR 7,000 for the best essay on a topic within the area of social behaviour and its investigation.
Essays selected for the shortlist by the Editors and the ISRF will be judged by a joint ISRF-JTSB academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee). The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email during the summer of 2020, and will then be announced by posting on the websites of the ISRF and of the JTSB. The ISRF and the JTSB reserve the right not to award the prize if there is no essay judged to be of sufficient merit.
The Independent Social Research Foundation launched the 2019 ISRF Essay Prize in Interdisciplinarity in the summer of 2018. Following consideration of submissions, no essay was judged prizeworthy, and no award was made.
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Cambridge Journal of Economics launched the 2018 ISRF Essay Prize in Economics in the spring of 2017. Following consideration of submissions, no essay was judged prizeworthy, and no award was made.
The Independent Social Research Foundation and Organization Studies awarded the 2016 ISRF Essay Prize in Organisation Studies to Simon Stevens (Loughborough University) for his essay Life and Letting Die: A story of the homeless, autonomy, and anti-social behaviour.
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Cambridge Journal of Economics awarded the 2015 ISRF Essay Prize in Economics to Professor Julie A. Nelson (University of Massachusetts, Boston) for her essay Husbandry: A (Feminist) Reclamation of Masculine Responsibility for Care.
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour awarded the 2014 ISRF Essay Prize in Social Theory to Professor Kenneth J Gergen (Swarthmore College) for his essay From Mirroring to World-Making: Research as Future Forming.