The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award


The American Constitution Society’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award recognizes an outstanding scholar in the early stages of their academic career who has demonstrated those qualities exemplified by Justice Ginsburg: scholarly excellence, the ability to imagine how society might be more just and more equal, and the determination to use the law and one’s scholarship to creatively and strategically make the imagined real.


The Awardee will be recognized at the ACS National Convention, via media release, and on the ACS website, and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.


Tenure-track or tenured faculty or faculty with similar status who have been full-time law teachers for 10 years or less as of June 30, 2021 are eligible.

How to Nominate a Candidate or Self-Nominate

Email a cover sheet that can be downloaded here with the following materials to

  • A resume or CV.
  • A statement by the person nominating the candidate or by the applicant themself of 500 – 1500 words, double spaced, setting forth the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
  • PDFs of three papers or a book that demonstrate the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
  • Please submit nominations by October 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
  • For any questions please contact ACS Programs Associate Ta’Myrah Hudson at