psa circle logo 2 72dpi webThe Philosophy of Science Association sponsors contests for (1) the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award and (2) the PSA Early-Career Scholar Essay Award. The decisions for these awards is made by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, which consists of at least at least 1 members of the Governing Board and up to 5 senior members of the Association. The committee is constituted via invitation by the Association's President. A list of the current PSA Lectures and Awards Committee members can be found here.

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:

2018 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 Sixth Biennial Meeting of the PSA (PSA2018) and accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science by the 2018 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 Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle, WA. To apply for the award, simply click the appropriate buttons when submitting your essay for PSA2018. Click here for the PSA2018 Call for Papers for further instructions on how to submit a paper for PSA2018. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. 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. Please make sure to confirm your membership by clicking here.                            

2016 & 2017 PSA Early-Career Scholar Essay Award

The PSA Early-Career Scholar Essay Award is awarded annually to the best single-authored essay published in Philosophy of Science during the award year by someone who is either a graduate student at the time of publication or received a Ph.D. within the past five years. The awards come with a prize of $250 and will be presented at the Twenty Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle, Washington. To be eligible for the 2016 Early-Career Scholar Essay Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2016, and the author must supply evidence either that they were a graduate student at the time the paper was published or that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2011 and on or before December 31, 2016. To be eligible for the 2017 Early-Career Scholar Essay Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2017, and the author must supply evidence either that they were a graduate student at the time the paper was published or that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2012 and on or before December 31, 2017. 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, Edouard Machery, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by March 15, 2018. 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. Please make sure to confirm your membership by clicking here.