Comparitive Migration Studies, under Peter Scholten, is generously supporting the IRN by sponsoring the annual IRN Best Paper Award. This sponsorship began in 2017 and entails a 500 euro prize, as well as the opportunity to have an expedited review process if the article is submitted to CMS.

In 2017, the prize was awarded to Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg) and Richard Traunmueller (Goethe-University, Frankfurt) for their paper entitled, "What Is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens' Feelings Towards Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity Using A Survey Experiment."

In 2018, the prize was awarded to Lars Leszczensky (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research), Rahsaan Maxwell (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Erik Bleich (Middlebury College), for their article entitled, "Explaining National Identification Among Muslim Adolescents: Evidence from Four European Countries."