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ECPR Bonus Fund – 2021 allocation

The Executive Committee has agreed the following activities for the 2021 allocation of the Bonus Fund:

Rising Star Award


Criteria for eligibility

  • Available to an outstanding PhD student or early career researcher (ECR) considered to be a ‘rising star’ in the field of politics and international relations
  • Must be nominated by an ECPR Member Official Representative (OR) or Head of Department (HoD)
  • Open to affiliates of Full and Associate Member institutions

Prize awarded

  • Free admission to either the Joint Sessions or the General Conference (recipient must submit and present a paper which will be automatically accepted and allocated to the appropriate Workshop or Panel)
  • Free admission to one of the Methods School (Winter or Summer)
  • Free admission to the Futures Lab
  • All travel and accommodation costs to attend chosen events covered if booked through the ECPR’s preferred travel booking provider

Nomination process and criteria for evaluation

  • The nomination should comprise of a letter from the OR of HoD making the case for why their student/ECR is a ‘rising star’ in politics and international relations; and the nominee’s CV sent to
  • The letter should include clearly demonstrable evidence of the student’s exceptional talent and potential to become a leading light in the discipline through, for example, detail of published work in highly ranked journals or in book form; involvement in the academic community; public engagement and participation in research projects, etc
  • ECPR will review each application on its own merits and the arguments of the submitting OR or HoD 


  • Call for applications opens Monday 21 June 2021
  • Deadline for applications Monday 16 August 2021
  • Successful applicants informed October 2021

Research Project Grant


Criteria for eligibility

  • Available to any Standing Group (SG) or Research Network (RN) of the ECPR working on developing a bid to a major funder for a significant research project
  • SGs or RNs previously successful in receiving this grant are not eligible to apply again within a three-year period

Funding awarded

  • Seed funding to support the development of applications for collaborative research grants across national borders to be submitted to national funding councils, the European Commission or comparable funding bodies supporting research; or applications to develop innovative multinational teaching programmes (eg joint Masters degrees)
  • Funding could be used to support meetings, small workshops or other such activities related to the grant application process
  • The grant will be allocated to the SG/RN’s account and paid out on the basis of either receipts or invoices
  • Any part of the grant unspent at the end of the financial year will be transferred back into ECPR’s general funds
  • On completion of the ECPR-funded activities, the SG or RN should submit a full report to the Executive Committee, including the status of the bid application. The SG or RN should also inform the EC on the outcome of the bid and, if successful, keep it updated as to the progress of the project

Application process and criteria for evaluation

Groups should submit an application to detailing:
  • The focus, objectives and desired outcomes of the project for which they wish to develop a funding bid
  • The name of the funding body, amount to be applied for, details of the timeframe and application process, and any key requirements of the funder
  • The activities they wish to undertake in order to develop their bid, which require ECPR funding
  • Over time, the ECPR may take into consideration criteria such as thematic area/focus of research to ensure representation of the political science community


  • Call for applications opens 1 June 2021
  • Deadline for applications extended to 31 August 2021 
  • Successful proposals confirmed September 2021