Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ILA is pleased to partner with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership.  The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004).

In order to be eligible for the award competition, a doctoral dissertation must be successfully defended within the last two years, including the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond endeavors to further scholarship and educate students and others for and about leadership through curricula, events and programs. The International Leadership Association is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.

Deadline: 15 May 2019

2019 Call For Submissions and Application

The recipient of the award will receive the following:

  • $1,000 prize
  • Complimentary travel expenses and conference registration to ILA’s 21st Annual Conference, 24 – 27 October 2019 in Ottawa, Canada
  • Complimentary 1-year membership in the ILA
  • Recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications

Submission Instructions

Interested parties should complete the online application, which is available here.

  • letter of interest
  • three- to five-page abstract of a substantive dissertation chapter (specifically, the chapter that best represents the dissertation),
  • a brief biography, and
  • verification of when they received their Ph.D. (e.g., a transcript or letter from the dissertation advisor will suffice).

Please send each item as a separate PDF file attachments to

Please DO NOT send the dissertation. The award committee will contact the finalists by the end of May to request a full dissertation chapter.