SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

The Bertha Lutz Prize

To honour Dr. Bertha Lutz, leading Pan America feminist and instrumental figure in securing the inclusion of Article 8 in the UN Charter, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy and The Diplomatic Studies Section (DPLST) of the International Studies Association (ISA) founded the Bertha Lutz Prize for research on women in diplomacy.

The Bertha Lutz Prize was first announced in May 2017 as a joint partnership between CISD and ISA to award £1000 to a scholar for conducting the highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy.

Dr. Bertha Lutz’s role in signing the United Nations Charter was rediscovered in the academy by Torild Skard, and expanded through further primary research and theoretical conceptualisation by students and scholars at CISD. This work has resulted in a number of publications and coverage in Le Monde Diplomatique, a conference at the UN in Geneva and press conference at the UN in New York through the project Women and the UN Charter.

For more information on the prize, and how to apply, please see the International Studies Association website.


CISD awarded the inaugural Bertha Lutz Prize for Women in Diplomacy to Profesor Ann Towers of the University of Gothenburg during the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) conference in San Francisco in April 2018.

The prize was presented by CISD's Ashley Cox for Ann's standing article dedicated to the role women have played in diplomacy. Her publications incorporate titles such as - Where Are the Female Ambassadors? Gender and Status Hierarchies in Ambassador Postings and Gender, Status, and Ambassador Appointments to Militarized and Violent Countries.