Announcement of RC11 Emerging Scholar Paper Award for Aging Research

Announcement of RC11 Emerging Scholar Paper Award for Aging Research


The Executive Committee of Research Committee 11 (Sociology of Aging) of the International Sociological Association announces a competition for a conference participation award for best original research paper by an emerging scholar for presentation at the 2018 World Congress of Sociology 15-21 July, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Emerging scholars include graduate students currently completing a PhD degree, and recent (five years or less) recipients of a PhD in sociology, or a related discipline, with aging or life course as a focus. Post-doctoral scholars are eligible to apply. Co-authored papers are permitted if the applicant is first author.


Applicants do not need to be RC11 members, but receipt of the award is conditional on membership i.e. successful applicants are expected to join RC11.

We anticipate making two awards covering the conference registration fee and reimbursement for travel costs of up to $300. Awardees are expected to attend the conference and present their papers at a special award session, as part of the official conference program. Applicants who received an honorable mention may also be invited to present at this session.


The abstract of the paper should be submitted to the ISA conference website AND a full paper (in English) should be electronically submitted to the chair of the emerging scholar award committee, Professor Merril Silverstein of Syracuse University (


Papers will be judged according to:

  • perceptiveness with which issues are treated
  • the quality of empirical materials presented
  • the consistency with which an analytic framework is used
  • the originality of ideas
  • the clarity of style

All materials should be submitted between April 25 and September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT, in line with the ISA Toronto conference deadlines – for updates please see

Announcement of awardees and paper acceptance decisions will be made by November 30 2017.