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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
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.
The Cora Maas Award is given annually for the best evaluated course either at the ECPR Winter School or the Summer School in Methods and Techniques and is endowed with €500. The awarded is presented annually at the following Winter or Summer School.
The Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award is given for outstanding pedagogy as a Teaching Assistant at the ECPR Methods School.
The Hans Daalder Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the ECPR Graduate Student Conference.
This annual prize is for the best PhD thesis in politics awarded to an individual from a full ECPR member institution.
The Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize in European Political Sociology is awarded by the ECPR to a scholar (or group of scholars) who has produced a major contribution to the advancement of political sociology.
The Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research is awarded by the International Science Council upon the recommendation of an independent jury set up by the ECPR.
The Wildenmann prize is awarded to the presenter of the best paper at the annual ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops.
This prize is awarded on a biennial basis to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to european political science.
The Gender and Politics PhD Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding PhD dissertation in the field of gender and politics, including gender and/or sexuality studies perspectives. The prize is awarded by the ECPR's Standing Group on Gender and Politics and endowed with €500.
The Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize is awarded annually for the best article appearing in the previous year’s volume of the ECPR's professional journal, European Political Science (EPS). The prize is given to an article that makes a substantial contribution to the field of political science, especially articles that contribute to the understanding of new and innovative trends in political science or to innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the profession. The first Prize was given for an article published in volume 14 (2015).
The Hedley Bull Prize is awarded for a book which makes a substantial and original contribution to theory and/or empirical studies in any field of International Relations.
Presented annually to an outstanding PhD student or early career researcher considered to have a particulary promising future in the field of politics and international relations.
Introduced in 2020, this prize will be presented annually to recognise a book which makes a substantial and original contribution to the field of Political Theory.