Award process

The initial “pre-screening” of nominations for the

2019 Elinor Ostrom Awards is now Closed!


The Nomination Process

The Elinor Ostrom Award will award work already done, for Senior and Young Scholars as well as for Practitioners. The process is divided into two phases: (1) initial (pre-screening) nominations and (2) assessment.


For Practitioners:

  • Nomination letter (Please use this nomination letter template)
  • Proof of the existence of the community, individual or group (preferably a legal document which acknowledges the existence of the practitioner)
  • Two recommendation letters by academics, local communities or local, regional, national or international governmental or non-governmental organizations, which are external to the nominated practitioner and which have worked with them in areas relevant to the Award

For Scholars (both young and senior)


The assessment process will occur after the pre-screening process. Nominators will be directly informed of the relevant deadlines and documents to be submitted once the pre-screening process is over.

The final selection of winners will be made by the Award Council among the candidates with the highest evaluation scores (avoiding conflict of interest). The final decision will be irrefutable.

Fourth Award Ceremony - July 2019, Lima, Peru

The Fourth Edition of the Elinor Ostrom awards will be announced and given at the XVII Biennial IASC-Conference in Lima, Peru, July 1-5, 2019. Winners will be notified in advance so they can make travel arrangements to the event.