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Membership Benefits

The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is a membership association for scholarly institutions, their staff and students, engaged in teaching and research of political science and its related disciplines worldwide.

The core purpose of the ECPR is to advance the field of political science, by bringing academics together from across the world to share ideas, publish research and grow networks.

An institutional association, the ECPR’s 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 over 14,000 individuals from these institutions; all of whom benefit from ECPR membership; from Master’s level student to Emeritus Professor.

For the institutions that join, ECPR membership provides vital professional support for their staff and students, helping them progress through the profession and become leaders in their field. This is done in a number of ways:


The renowned ECPR Methods School (Winter- and Summer Schools) provides high quality training in cutting edge research methods; critical to creating the solid foundations necessary for producing sound research.


From the ECPR’s Graduate Student Conference that provides an all-important first experience of presenting a Paper at a high profile international event, to the unique format of the Joint Sessions of Workshops and smaller Research Sessions and the premier annual political science event in Europe – the General Conference…, attending an ECPR event provides a platform to share research and ideas and progress careers.


Highly cited journals and trailblazing books are a high profile and tangible output from the ECPR’s networks and events. The ECPR has three leading journals, including one dedicated to the profession, two book series and its own publishing imprint, the ECPR Press.


Over 14,000 individuals from more than 300 institutions in some 44 countries worldwide – ECPR has the largest network of political scientists in the world. Members can access these networks through events and publications but more formally also through joining (or convening) a Standing Group – formalised research networks that cover the full spectrum of sub-fields.

The ECPR operates two membership types: Full Member and Associate Member. Full Membership is open to those institutions based in the UK and Europe; Associate Membership is open to those outside of these regions. Please see the Constitution and current Membership Fees for more information.

Benefits in Detail

Institutional membership of the ECPR entitles staff and students within that institution to the following benefits:

Benefit Full Member Associate Member
Significant discounts on conference and event fees (including the Joint Sessions, Methods School, Graduate Student Conference and General Conference).
Eligibility to direct a Workshop at the Joint Sessions of Workshops
Eligibility to Co-Direct a Workshop at the Joint Sessions of Workshops
Online access to European Political Science (EPS)
Access to European Journal of Political Research (EJPR) and its annual Political Data Yearbook (PDY)
Significantly reduced Author Processing Charges for articles published in ECPR's Gold Open Access journal Political Research Exchange (PRX)
Funding to attend the Joint Sessions of Workshops, General Conference, Graduate Student Conference and Methods School
30% discount on Comparative Politics books published in collaboration with Oxford University Press
Eligibility for the ECPR Lifetime Achievement
Eligibility for the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research
Eligibility for the Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize in European Political Sociology
Eligibility for the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize
Eligibility for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize
Eligibility for the Hans Daalder Prize
Eligibility for the Cora Maas Award
Eligibility for the Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award
Eligibility for the Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations
Eligibility for the ECPR Gender and Politics PhD Prize
Official Representatives sit on ECPR Council, can vote in elections and referenda.
Apply to edit an ECPR journal or book series
Convene an existing/apply to establish/convene a new Standing Group
Free advertising in ECPR Jobs Bulletin
Eligibility to participate in official ECPR-sponsored panels hosted by other international organisations (e.g. APSA, IPSA)

For more information about any of the ECPR’s membership benefits follow the links in the table above, or see our short Membership Presentation video

How do I join the ECPR?

ECPR membership is institutional (department, institute, college, university), and its benefits are enjoyed by individuals affiliated with that institution. Membership subscription rates for the current year can be found here. To join the ECPR and become a part of a wider political science network, contact the membership department ( for further details.

Each member institution must nominate an Official Representative (OR) who will be the key contact person for the ECPR and for individuals affiliated to the institution. The OR’s role is to disseminate information to individuals about ECPR activities and be responsible for ECPR membership. ORs from Full member institutions will become part of the ECPR Council.

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