Watson Institute at Brown University
International Relations

Senior Prizes and Awards



Mark and Betty Garrison Prize
Awarded for the best thesis in international relations, foreign policy analysis, or diplomatic history. The prize honors the work of Mark and Betty Garrison who helped create the Center for Foreign Policy Development (CFPD) at Brown University in 1981.

Samuel C. Lamport Prize
Awarded for the best thesis on international understanding with an emphasis on cooperation and tolerance.

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Outstanding Thesis Award
Best IR thesis related to the Institute’s core research areas of security, development, or governance



Academic Excellence in International Relations Prize
Given to members of the IR graduating class who demonstrated outstanding academic performance in the IR concentration.

Anthony Riccio Prize in International Relations
Awarded in memory of Anthony Brian Riccio, Brown Class of 1996, who lost his life in Moscow on September 20, 1994, to that graduating senior who has demonstrated an unquenchable curiosity about another part of the world, a commitment to the rigorous learning of a foreign language, an intrepid pursuit of study abroad, and a pride in his university and in his country. Applications must include a statement from the student justifying the nomination, a written faculty recommendation from Brown, and any pertinent supporting materials.
Nomination deadline: Rolling deadline until April 15
Eligibility: IR senior 
To apply: Log into UFunds and submit application

International Relations Concentration Service and Leadership Award
First presented in 2009, celebrates that graduating senior who demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the IR concentration and his or her fellow concentrators.