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Prestage Mentorship Award

Independent Foundation Award


The Jewel and James Prestage Mentorship Award is an annual award recognizing outstanding political science/public administration professors who demonstrate the same spirit of mentoring and commitment to students as Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, a founding member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists(NCOBPS) and the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D in Political Science, and her equally accomplished, husband, Dr James Prestage, a biologist, of many years.  The award honors the lifetime accomplishments of this extraordinary couple while supporting the development of talented professionals who mentor students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCU’s).

The award includes a specially designed plaque and financial assistance consisting of transportation, conference fees, and housing costs( worth up to $1000) to attend the 2017 NCOPBS conference. Eligible nominees must have been employed for at least two prior years and be currently at a HBCU holding the rank of Assistant Professor or above. Nominees must also have a history of supporting the professional and educational development of their students beyond the classroom. The successful nominee must also be willing to participate in an award ceremony at NCOPBS’ national meeting. Nominations can come from persons familiar with the work of the nominee or a person may self- nominate.

The nomination package must include:

  • A statement of no more than 1000 words detailing how the nominee exhibits the mentoring qualities and values of the Prestages,
  • At least two letters of support from current/past mentees or peers that detail the teaching, advising, and mentoring qualifications of the nominee, and 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.


For the 2017 award, all nominations and supporting materials must be received on or before January 5, 2017. The successful nominee will be notifed no later than February 6, 2017.

Additional information about this award may be obtained from Carolyn Sue Williams, PhD at
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