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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.
Inspired by Harbour House, our HQ which provides a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR family, this lecture series seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues and challenges in the discipline.
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.
Digital content from across our activities and community:
lectures, seminars and discussions available on demand or to stream via podcast channels.
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.
Groups and Networks
Joint Sessions of Workshops
The House Lectures
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 their networks.
Our membership is comprised of over 300 of the world’s leading academic institutions involved 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 offer two membership options – Full Member and Associate Member.
If your institution isn’t a member, we'd love to talk to you about how the ECPR can support you and your staff and students.
The ECPR has two membership types: Full Member and Associate Member.
Please see our Constitution and current Membership Fees for more information.
If your institution isn’t a member, we would love to talk to you about how the ECPR can support you and your staff and students. We can provide examples of how membership could actually save your institution money over the course of a year, through event discounts, participant funding and reduced publishing APCs. Simply get in touch by clicking the button below.
Institutional membership of the ECPR unlocks a huge variety of benefits for scholars within that institution.
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.
Individuals from our member institutions benefit from deeply discounted rates to attend all ECPR events.
Our events programme is curated to provide myriad opportunities for professional development and sharing of new research, to support scholars in all stages of their career.
Our renowned Methods School and the brand-new Futures Lab offer expert training to grow and nurture careers. Our Joint Sessions of Workshops and General Conference provide an ideal setting for both intensive feedback and development of research and an opportunity to network with over 2,000 other political scientists, each year.
Discounts for individuals from member institutions to attend our events are set to reach 50% for members and 85% for student members by 2025.
Each year we provide funding grants to students and young scholars from across our membership to help them attend our events.
Highly cited journals and trailblazing books are a high profile and tangible output from our networks and events.
From 2020 our funding has been expanded 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 are also making additional funding available for special projects or initiatives, including support for scholars at risk.
We publish six leading journals, including one dedicated to the profession, and one fully Gold open access which offers significantly reduced publishing APCs for our membership, plus a book series and our own publishing imprint, the ECPR Press. In 2020, we unveiled our blog site, The Loop, publishing short pieces on politics, policy programmes, societal and political issues, showcasing the work of the political science discipline at its best.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise exceptional achievements across the profession.
In recognition of the contributions made to all areas of European political science, the ECPR awards six prizes each year. These prizes cover a wide spectrum of achievement, from the Jean Blondel PhD Prize awarded for the most outstanding thesis at an ECPR institution, to the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to those individuals' whose work has contributed significantly to the furtherment of the discipline.
Scholars at our member institutions join the growing community of over 20,000 individuals from more than 300 of the world’s leading academic institutions.
Individuals from our member institutions have an opportunity to take an active role in the long-term strategic and day-to-day running of our organisation.
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 also more formally through joining (or creating) a Standing Group or Research Network – formalised research networks, fully supported both financially and practically.
Scholars from our member institutions can take part in the governance of our organisation, from joining the ECPR Council as an Official Representative for their institution, to taking a seat on the Executive Committee.
Each ECPR member is required to appoint an Official Representative (OR) to act as the liaison point between the institution and the ECPR. This role is key to ensuring the individual scholars within each institution are able to make the most of the benefits on offer. ORs together make up the ECPR’s Council and as such also play an important role in the organisation’s governance.
We are concerned about the academy and the conditions of those scholars who work within it. As such, we regularly publish studies and policies in this area.
In our studies and projects, we examine the challenges facing scholars studying political science across the world. We look at how the discipline works now, and how things could be improved to build a more inclusive and diverse community, with the object of supporting and nurturing both research and careers.