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Best Undergraduate and Best Graduate Papers in Labor Studies

Nominations are now open for the best undergraduate and graduate papers written on a labor-related topic during the current academic year (2016-2017). Each winning paper will garner its author a prize of $500. The papers must have been written during the current academic year (2016-2017) at one of the University of Washington campuses.

Papers may focus on any dimension of United States or international labor, including class relations, social conditions, working-class culture or politics, work and gender, work and race/ethnicity, unions, and comparative labor relations.

Students may submit their own papers, or faculty members may nominate outstanding papers they have read during the course of the year.

Past Paper Prize winners are avalible to read on the Bridges Center's Featured Research page.

Deadline for applications for the 2016-2017 academic year

Monday, June 12, 2017

(Papers may be submitted any time before the deadline)

Application Process

Please submit:

  • Three hard copies of your paper, and
  • Your summer and fall contact information (email, mailing addresses, and phone number)

A committee comprised of faculty members associated with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies will judge the papers. The winners will be announced by early August and the prizes will be presented at the Bridges Center's annual awards celebration.

Send applications to

    Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
    University of Washington
    Box 353530
    Seattle, WA 98195-3530

Applications may also be hand delivered to the front desk of the Department of Political Science Office, located in Gowen Hall, room 101, on the UW Seattle campus.