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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Professional training aimed at PhD students and early career scholars, providing the essential skills and advice needed to establish a successful career.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
Joint Sessions of Workshops
Our core purpose is to advance the field of political science, by bringing academics at all stages of their career together from across the world to share ideas, publish research and grow networks.
Our membership is comprised of over 300 of the world’s leading academic institutions concerned with teaching and researching political and social science. From this membership stems a network of tens of thousands of individuals, all of whom benefit from ECPR membership; from PhD student to Emeritus Professor.
We aim to provide vital professional support for all scholars at all stages of their careers, helping them progress through the profession and become leaders in their field. This is done in a number of ways:
Our events programme is designed to provide a range of opportunities for both training and the sharing of new research, to support all stages of a scholar’s career.
The Futures Lab, launching in 2021 will be our first career-focussed event, providing vital training and professional development to PhD students to help them kick-start their careers.
The highly respected Methods School (Winter School and Summer School) continues to provide the highest quality of cutting-edge methods tuition across both a winter and summer event – the unique training tracks programme enables students to deepen or broaden their learning over multiple events.
The Joint Sessions of Workshops and General Conference complete the programme, providing opportunities for both intensive feedback and development of research and an opportunity to network with some 1,800 other political scientists, respectively, each year.
Individuals from member institutions pay a deeply discounted rate to attend all ECPR events; increasing to 50% for members and 85% for student members by 2025. You can read about our fee setting policy here.
Each year we provide funding grants to students and young scholars from across our membership to help them attend our events. From 2020 this support has been increased to include fee waivers and grants to cover the full cost of attendance for successful applicants. Each member institution is entitled to receive up to ten grants per year (two per event).
From 2020 we will also be making additional funding available for special projects or indicatives, including to support scholars at risk. You can read more about our funding policy here.
Highly cited journals and trailblazing books are a high profile and tangible output from our networks and events. We publish six leading journals, including one dedicated to the profession, and one fully Gold open access, plus a book series and our own publishing imprint, the ECPR Press.
Over 20,000 individuals from more than 300 institutions in some 44 countries worldwide make up the ECPR community. Scholars at member institutions can access these networks through events and publications but more formally also through joining (or creating) a Standing Group or Research Network – formalised research networks, fully supported both financially and practically.
As a scholarly society we are concerned about the academy and the conditions of those scholars who work within it. As such, we have published a number of studies and policies in this area, including the annual Gender Studies and Gender Equality Plan and the Code of Conduct.
The ECPR has two membership types: Full Member and Associate Member. Full Membership is now open to any institution wishing to access the full suite of benefits; Associate Membership is open only to institutions outside of the UK and Europe. As of the membership year 2020/21 a discounted rate is available for a number of countries determined to be lower and upper- middle income by the World Bank using the Atlas Method. Please see the Constitution and current Membership Fees for more information.
Institutional membership of the ECPR entitles staff and students within that institution to the following benefits:
If your institution isn’t a member, or if membership has lapsed, we would love to talk to you about how the ECPR can support you and your staff and students. We can even provide illustrations and examples of how membership could actually save your institution money over the course of a year, through event discounts and participant funding and reduced publishing APCs. Simply get in touch.