Jean Blondel PhD Prize

Nomination Procedure

Rules and Guidelines for the submission of entries for the 2018 Jean Blondel Prize

  • The thesis must have been examined and deemed to have passed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. However, the doctorate need not have been officially conferred during this period.
  • Each ECPR FULL member institution can nominate no more than ONE candidate for the prize.
  • The candidacy must come via the ECPR Official Representative or the Head of Department.
  • Only full member institutions can nominate candidates for the prize, and the thesis nominated must have been submitted at that institution.
  • 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.
  • The thesis shall be the work of a single author.


The submission must comprise (as two separate PDF files):

  1. A letter from the Official Representative or Head of Department of the member institution at which the doctorate was conferred;
  2. One document to contain the following:
    a. Title page containing the following information: name, institutional affiliation, title dissertation, supervisor/promotor
    b. 15 pages text of summary with max 5 pages of references
    c. Annex I: table of content full dissertation as figured in PhD officially submitted for defence
    d. Annex II (only for PhDs based on a compilation of articles): information on status of publication: in review process/published and journal 

Submissions (as detailed above) must be sent to no later than midnight on 2 February 2018. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.

The documents will be used to select a shortlist (usually of not more than five candidates). The authors of the shortlisted theses will then be asked to provide an electronic copy of their complete thesis by 31 March 2018. 

The 2018 prize Jury comprises

Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna (Chair)
Mary Farrell, University of Plymouth
Petra Meier, University of Antwerp
Ferdinand Müller-Rommel,  Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


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, and hence would be suitable for inclusion in the ECPR Press Monographs series, which is published in English. Although we are keen that the successful thesis will be published as an ECPR Press Monograph, 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. 

Prize announcement

The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced by 30 September 2018. If it is deemed that no thesis reaches an acceptable standard, the committee may decline to award the prize in any given year. The successful candidate will be awarded the prize of €1,000, which will be presented at the Joint Sessions in UCL Mons, Belgium, between 8 and 12 April 2019.


Expenses to attend the prize-giving at the Joint Sessions of Workshops will be paid for by the ECPR, who will arrange travel and accommodation for the winner only, for a maximum of two nights. 


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