Organski Award

The Kenneth Organski Scholars Fund supports graduate students doing quantitative research in international politics and or political development. A.F.K. Organski was a distinguished scholar and a legendary teacher for many years at the University of Michigan. He is best known for his theoretical and empirical work on political capacity and demographic and power transitions. In prior years, Organski Scholar funds have also been used as matching funds allowing several graduate students to compete for funding to support their doctoral research.

Current Award Winners

2018 Winning Proposal: Yuri M. Zhukov/Nadiya Kostyuk

Application Process

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Past Award Winners

2014 Winning Proposal: Pauline Jones Luong/Dustin Gamza

2013 Winning Proposal: Andrew Kerner/Timm Betz

2008 Winning Proposal: Barbara Koremenos/Papia Debroy

2007 Winning Proposal: Jana von Stein/Michelle Allendoerfer

2006 Winning Proposal: Mark Tessler/Dan Corstange




Dustin GamzaThe Organski Award facilitated my entry point into an important research question: what factors determine the degree and form of politicization of religion, and what role does state repression and subsidization of religion play in determining political attitudes and political behavior? The Organski Award allowed me to collect data on thousands of protest events in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and to prepare for my fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan. The insights this work generated contributed to a successful co-authored NSF proposal, leading to a nationally representative survey on religious attitudes and political behavior in Kyrgyzstan that is currently being expanded to other Central Asian countries.
   - Dustin Gamza, 2014



Papia DebroyThe Organski Award allowed me to pursue a project of great interest. I noticed that international cooperative agreements with similar goals had very different criteria for membership. While some environmental agreements about clean air only have two participants, others have more than 100 members. Because the makeup and size of membership to an agreement is important to determining whether there will be successful cooperation, I wanted to know when countries created multi-lateral agreements, and how they designed the multilateral efforts to achieve deep cooperation. This experience has been extremely useful to me as a student: I've learned much more about how ideas in their formulation develop into larger research projects, how theoretical foundations lead to good research designs, and how to subject theoretical work to the scrutiny of empirical testing.
   - Papia Debroy, 2008