IPUMS Research Awards

We are pleased to announce the 15th annual IPUMS Research Awards competition. These awards honor the best research using IPUMS data to advance or deepen our understanding of social and demographic processes. We are looking for papers that use innovative approaches, comparative analyses, and showcase the power of the IPUMS data collections. Cash prizes will be awarded for best published work* and best graduate student work** (published or unpublished) in eight categories.

Award Categories

Please select the category that is most appropriate for your research; each category includes a published and a student (published or unpublished) award. 

We will also be awarding the IPUMS Excellence in Research Award. 

The IPUMS mission of democratizing data demands that we increase representation of scholars from groups that are systemically excluded in research spaces. Introduced in the 2021 research awards competition, the IPUMS Excellence in Research Award highlights and rewards outstanding work using any of the IPUMS data collections by authors who are underrepresented in social science research†. Researchers submitting their work (or nominating the work of a colleague) for consideration in one of the IPUMS data collection categories will be asked to indicate if their work should also be considered for the IPUMS Excellence in Research Award. 

View past IPUMS research award winners.
 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2022 IPUMS RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2023.

Self nominations are encouraged. Nominations must be submitted through our research submission form

Be prepared to provide the following information at the time of submission:

  • Corresponding author: name, e-mail address, and institution
  • The IPUMS data collection(s) used for the research
  • Information on where IPUMS is cited in the paper (references and/or in-text citation)
  • Award category (published research or graduate student research award)
  • Indicate if the lead author identifies as a member of a systemically excluded group† and would like to be considered for IPUMS Excellence in Research Award (in addition to consideration for a data collection specific award)
  • For published research award:
    • Citation and link to online version if open access
    • PDF of the paper if not open access
  • For student research (published or not published):
    • Citation and link to published research, SocArXiv or other paper repository
    • PDF of the paper if published research is not open access

Note: If sending a book, please contact ipums@umn.edu for shipping information.
 

* Published research criteria stipulate use and citation of one of the eligible IPUMS data collections in a 2022 refereed publication.

** Student research award criteria stipulate use and citation of one of the eligible IPUMS data collections in a paper written in 2022 whose lead author is a student; published student work must be in a 2022 publication. We strongly encourage that unpublished research be submitted to SocArXiv, an open archive for the social sciences, or another open archive or paper repository.

†Authors who would like to be considered for the IPUMS Excellence in Research Award should self-identify as belonging to one or more groups that are systemically excluded in research spaces, and be the lead author on the submitted paper. Because IPUMS is based in the United States, we often include persons who identify as Black/African American, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, Asian American, first-generation college graduates or students, LGBTQ persons, or persons with disabilities in our definition of systemically excluded groups. We recognize for scholars outside of the U.S., in particular, this list may not capture discrimination in their social contexts, and encourage submissions from persons who identify with a group that has been systemically excluded even if it is not explicitly listed here.