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The Hobby Prize for Ethical Leadership

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs (University of Houston) will award a prize of $12,000 annually for the best-published article on ethics, leadership, and public policy. An award of $3,000 will be given for honorable mention.

To qualify for the award, an article must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal in the three years prior to the award date. For the upcoming award cycle, papers must have been published from January 1, 2019, up to September 2021. The award will be announced in November 2021.

Articles should relate in some way to ethics or leadership in public policy, but can have a normative or empirical orientation and may address substantive policy problems or policy processes. The purpose of the award is to encourage, reward and bring more attention to high-quality work in ethics and leadership in public policy.

Authors may submit their articles directly for consideration. Nominations will also be solicited from journal editors. All nominations must be received for this award cycle by September 30, 2021.
Articles may not be submitted more than once and must be less than 12,500 words including notes and references.

Articles should be submitted in the published format as pdfs to Write "Hobby Prize" in the subject line. Submissions will only be accepted from authors of articles and journal editors.

The main criteria for the award are:

  • Originality
  • Scholarly excellence
  • Potential to impact our understanding of real-world ethics and/or leadership relating to public policy.

With the permission of the authors and journals, the EDR Center will publish an online book of prize-winning articles every few years. The purpose will be to make scholarship on ethics and leadership in public policy more accessible to policymakers, analysts, advocates, and students.

For more information, please contact Daniel Engster at


Revised 1/14/21