2024 Call For Submissions and Application

Frederic M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

Deadline: June 15, 2024

The Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. In order to be eligible for the award competition, a doctoral dissertation must be defended successfully within the last two years, including the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.

In partnership with the International Leadership Association, the award will be presented at the 26th Annual ILA Global Conference, where the recipient will be asked to present their dissertation research. The recipient of the award will also receive the following:

  • $1,000 prize from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies
  • Travel expenses to the ILA conference
  • One-year membership to the ILA
  • ILA conference registration

Submission Instructions

Candidates should complete and submit the online application form below.

Candidates should e-mail each of the following submission materials as a separate pdf file attachment to jepsonaward@richmond.edu:

  1. letter of interest
  2. three- to five-page abstract of a substantive doctoral dissertation chapter (specifically, the chapter that best represents the dissertation)
  3. brief biography
  4. verification of the dissertation defense date (e.g., a letter from the dissertation advisor or copy of the dissertation signature page)

The award committee will contact finalists by the end of July to request a full dissertation chapter.


Please fill out the information below and click "submit" to apply for the award. To complete the application process, please send the requested submission materials as pdf file attachments to jepsonaward@richmond.edu no later than June 15. For questions about the application process, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.

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