The New Ideas Prize

Eligibility | Award | Entry Guidelines | Deadlines

The Development Research Institute is now accepting entries from NYU master’s students for our first New Ideas Prize for student research on international development.  The prize will recognize exceptional work on international development produced by students throughout the NYU community.  We invite students to submit original research papers, documentary films, or photography projects that focus on development in economically poor countries.

The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2011. If you have further questions, attend our information session on November 21, or send an email to


The New Ideas Prize is open to entries from all currently enrolled master’s students at NYU regardless of department or discipline.  We are interested in entries from all disciplines with a connection to international development, including from anthropologists, historians, public policy students, and economists.  Each student may submit a single entry for consideration.  DRI and NYU Africa House student staff and interns are not eligible for the New Ideas Prize.

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Winners will have their work published on DRI’s website which features working papers and peer-reviewed articles by prominent economists William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, DRI’s post-doctoral fellows, and a growing team of researchers.  Each winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and will be invited to a reception hosted by DRI where they will present their work.

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Entry Guidelines and Categories

Students may only submit a single entry for consideration for the New Ideas Prize and must choose only one category.  The Selection Committee may request edits before making its final decision.  All submissions should include the student’s name, degree program, and contact information.

Research Paper:
DRI invites students to submit original, scholarly papers for consideration for the New Ideas Prize.  Entries should be submitted to as Microsoft Word files (.doc, not .docx please), double-spaced, in 11 or 12 pt font.  All entries should be thoroughly and accurately sourced.  All entries must include a one-page executive summary of the research paper and its conclusions. We will only accept previously unpublished writing.

Documentary Film or Photo Series:
DRI also invites students to submit original work in film or photography focused on international development.  We are also interested in receiving data visualization entries.  Submissions should be sent as attachments to newideas.dri@gmail.comAll visual arts submissions must include a detailed written account providing context for the project and examining the issues it raises.  We will only accept previously unpublished work.

Have you worked on an original, scholarly project focused on international development that does not fit into the categories above?  Have you worked on a collaborative project with other NYU students?  We would be happy to consider your work as well.  First, email us a pitch at that explains the project and why we should consider it for the New Ideas Prize.  Include the word “Pitch” in your subject line.  We’ll respond and let you know whether or not to submit.

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All entries must be received by December 21, 2011.  Students must send their entries, in their final, complete form to  The Selection Committee will announce its decision at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Please feel free to email us with questions at

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