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Jean Blondel PhD Prize

Nomination Procedure

Nominations open: 1 February 2021
Deadline for nominations: 3 May 2021

Submitting a nomination

To nominate, please email a formal nomination letter from the Official Representative or Head of Department of the full member institution at which the doctorate was conferred, to

Nominations must be submitted as two separate PDF files as follows:

  • Formal nomination letter that details the name of the nominee, their institutional affiliation, contact details, dissertation title and supervisor/promoter.
  • A document containing:
    • 15 pages text of summary with maximum five pages of references
    • Annex I: table of contents for full dissertation as figured in PhD officially submitted for defence
    • Annex II (only for PhDs based on a compilation of articles): information on status of publication: in review process/published and journal 


  • The thesis must have been examined and deemed to have passed between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. However, the doctorate need not have been officially conferred during this period.
  • Only ECPR full member institutions can nominate candidates for the prize, and the thesis nominated must have been submitted at that institution.
  • Each ECPR full member institution can nominate one candidate for the prize. 
  • The nomination must come via the ECPR Official Representative or the Head of Department.
  • The thesis shall be the work of a single author.

The topic of the thesis should fit broadly within the field of political science and political thought. For example, work on political economy should draw substantially on relevant political science literature as well as on any economics literature, likewise work on comparative constitutions should draw substantially on relevant literature from political science as well as from law, and so on.


  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Members of the ECPR Executive Committee, ECPR Director, or Editors of any ECPR books, journals or blog are not eligible for this prize.


The documents will be used to select a shortlist (usually of five candidates). The authors of the shortlisted theses will then be asked to provide an electronic copy of their complete thesis.


Shortlisted theses written in languages other than English that are not familiar to the members of the Jury will first be read by a specialist in the field. If this specialist considers the thesis to be a strong candidate for the Prize, the ECPR will pay for up to 20,000 words to be translated into English, so that it can be judged equally by the panel. 


The criterion for this prize is that, with suitable amendments, the thesis would make an outstanding book, addressing central themes in the relevant subfield(s) of the discipline. Although we are keen that the successful thesis will be published by ECPR Press, the Press is not under obligation to offer a contract, and no candidate is under any obligation to accept such a contract if offered it. However, ECPR Press hopes to start discussions as soon as possible with the winner and, on occasions, with some of the other shortlisted candidates. 

The 2021 Prize Jury: TBC


Prize announcement and delivery

The winner of the 2021 prize will be announced in November 2021.

If it is deemed that no thesis reaches an acceptable standard, the jury may decline to award the prize in any given year. The successful candidate will be awarded the prize of €1,000.


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