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 decisions for these awards is made by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, which consists of at least 3 members of the Governing Board and up to 3 senior members of the Association. The committee is constituted via invitation by the Association's President.

The financial support for these awards has been made possible by the generosity of past presidents of the PSA and through donations from PSA members. If you would like to make a donation to support these prizes, click here.


Application guidelines for the two awards are as follows:


2016 PSA Graduate Student Essay Award

A prize of $250 will be awarded to the author of the best single-authored paper submitted by a graduate student as a contributed paper for the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the PSA (PSA2016) and accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science by the 2016 PSA Program Committee. The prize-winning essay will be chosen by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee from amongst those accepted for publication. The award will be presented at the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Atlanta, Georgia. To apply for the award, simply click the appropriate buttons when submitting your essay for PSA2016. Click here for the PSA2016 Call for Papers for further instructions on how to submit a paper for PSA2016. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016. To be eligible for the award, the author must be a graduate student at the time of submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. The competition is limited to members of the Philosophy of Science Association.

2014 & 2015 PSA Recent Ph.D. Essay Award

The PSA Recent Ph.D. Award is given for the best single-authored article published in Philosophy of Science written by someone who received a Ph.D. within the last five years. The awards come with a prize of $250 and will be presented at the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Atlanta, Georgia. To be eligible for the 2014 Recent Ph.D. Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2014, and the author must supply evidence that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2009 and on or before December 31, 2014. To be eligible for the 2015 Recent Ph.D. Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2015, and the author must supply evidence that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2010 and on or before December 31, 2015. Please send an email indicating the article you wish to have considered for the award to the chair of the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, Laura Ruetsche at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by May 1, 2016. Include relevant eligibility documentation with your email. Co-authored papers are not eligible. The competition is limited to members of the Philosophy of Science Association.