Announcement of RC11 Emerging Scholar Paper Award for Aging Research (Deadline: January 15th 2018)

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. Published work (equivalent of a ‘paper’ i.e. article or chapter) is acceptable if published in 2017 or later.

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 $500. Honorable mention may also be awarded to one or more applicants, covering conference registration fee only. Awardees are expected to attend the conference and present a synopsis of their papers in a special award ceremony at the RC11 business meeting in Toronto in July 2018. Applicants who received an honorable mention may also be invited to present a synopsis at this session.

Papers will be judged according to:

  • perceptiveness with which issues are treated
  • the quality of empirical materials presented (or, in the case of conceptual/theoretical papers, the quality of theorizing)
  • the consistency with which an analytic framework is used
  • the originality of ideas
  • the clarity of style

Papers should be submitted by January 15th, 2017 to Professor Merril Silverstein of Syracuse University (

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Announcement of awardees will be made in late January or beginning of February, 2018.