Call for Papers: Third Annual Women in Public Service Project Student Research Competition

The WPSP Student Research Competition encourages the next generation of leaders to think decisively on the future of women’s leadership.

The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to announce that the call for papers for the Third Annual Student Research Competition is now open. Students from WPSP partner colleges and universities are encouraged to submit their written research on women’s leadership in public service by March 2, 2018. The competition will take place on April 12, 2018.

The Student Research Competition gives young scholars the opportunity to contribute substantive research to their field. Students who receive this award will be invited to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC for a half day of presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities with professionals and potential employers from a vast array of DC-based governmental and non-governmental organizations. Award winners will be given the opportunity to present their work and be interviewed at the Wilson Center. Finalists will also participate in a personal conversation with WPSP Director Gwen Young and a relevant Wilson Center staff member of their choice.

Submission Guidelines:

The Student Research Competition is open to all currently enrolled students of WPSP partner schools. Paper submissions will be reviewed by the WPSP staff based on a rubric of originality, depth of research, and the paper’s contribution to the existing body of knowledge on women’s leadership.

Paper topics may include a diversity of subjects but must relate to the topic of women’s leadership or women’s political participation. Students are also encouraged to utilize the WPSP Data Platform in their research.

Paper submissions must be a minimum of 1,000 words, be properly cited, and contain a bibliography.

The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018 by 5:00pm EST. Applicants will be notified of decisions by February 28, 2017. Please send papers and completed submission form to