Each year the Philosophy of Science Association sponsors contests for (1) the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award and (2) the PSA Recent Ph.D. Essay Award. The financial support for these awards has been made possible by the generosity of past presidents of the PSA.

Application guidelines for the two awards are as follows:

PSA Graduate Student Essay Award

Essays may be on any topic in the philosophy of science and should be submitted to Philosophy of Science before 1 August 2010. The prize-winning essay will be published in Philosophy of Science and the author will receive a $250 prize. The essay must be accompanied by a letter from the student's department certifying that the author is a graduate student in good standing. Previously submitted or published articles are not eligible for the award. Please send an email, including the relevant documentation, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSA Recent Ph.D. Essay Award

A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best article in Philosophy of Science written by someone who received a Ph.D. within the last five years. To be eligible for the contest, the article must have a publication date during the year 2009 and the author must supply evidence that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2004 and before December 31, 2009. Please send an email indicating the article you wish to have considered for the award to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 August 2010. Include relevant eligibility documentation with your email. Co-authored papers are not eligible.