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S. S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan
Call for Submissions will begin in Fall 2019 

We invite submission of dissertations on Pakistan (or the region that is now Pakistan) in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Visual & Fine Arts, Law, and Public Health. Only dissertations submitted in English and at an accredited North American or European Union-based University will be accepted. The prize comes with a $2,500 award. For information about the current prize winner recipient click here.

Ph.D. dissertations submitted for consideration must have been filed between September 2, 2018, and September 1, 2019.

The submission package must include the following: 

  1. A pdf abstract (< 1000 words)
  2. A pdf curriculum vitae (please include a contact number)
  3. A pdf copy of the dissertation
  4. A confidential letter from a member of the dissertation committee that speaks to the merits of the dissertation with respect to the current state of the field and the innovation that the work entails.

All should be submitted via email to Ms. Puneeta Kala ( no later than December 1, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The result for the 2019 prize recipient will be announced on the Institute for South Asia Studies website on Feb 14, 2020 (Pacific Standard Time). The recipient will be expected to attend an all expense paid award conferral ceremony at UC Berkeley in April 2020.

The Prize Committee comprises: Sadia Saeed (University of San Francisco), Humeira Iqtidar (King's College London), Farooq Hamid (Independent Scholar), David Gilmartin (North Carolina State University), and Munis D. Faruqui (UC Berkeley).

All inquiries regarding the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize should be directed to: Puneeta Kala ( at the Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley.