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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Raymond Milefsky Award

Ray Milefsky at the Botanic Gardens in Durham 2014

IBRU was deeply saddened by the death on 1 August 2016 of Ray Milefsky, one of the leading lights of the border studies community. A long-time employee of the US Department of State’s Office of the Geographer and Global Affairs, Ray was also a frequent tutor at IBRU workshops and a great supporter of IBRU’s mission of encouraging peaceful settlement of border disputes through education and research. For more on Ray, see tributes to him on the websites of IBRU Director Philip Steinberg and former IBRU Research Director Martin Pratt

Ray has kindly endowed upon IBRU an annual award to honour a leading border practitioner or organisation.

The award will be administered by IBRU and selection of the awardee will be made by a committee consisting of the members of the IBRU Steering Committee and an external representative.

The award will be presented to an individual or organisation who:

• Has advanced knowledge of boundary-making or cross-border cooperation, OR

• Has implemented a programme over the past year that has contributed substantively to boundary-making or cross-border cooperation.

The awardee will receive an award of £745, as well as a profile in the next edition of Borderlines.

IBRU is requesting nominating letters of no more than one page in length. They should briefly detail what the individual or organisation has contributed to boundary-making or cross-border cooperation, and how they meet the criteria noted above. Self-nominations are permitted and nominations received last year wil be automatically rolled in to the 2019 award.

Nominations should be sent to and must be received by 14 June 2019.

Past Awardees

2018: Border Network for Human Rights

An interview with Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of BNHR