All scholars residing in a country defined as European by the criteria for full membership of the ECPR are eligible.
The prize is awarded exclusively on scientific and academic criteria, at the exclusion of any ascriptive characteristic.
The current members of the ECPR Executive Committee and ECPR editors are not eligible for this prize. Former members become eligible three years after the end of their mandate.
The recipient is chosen among scholars who would normally be less than 73 years old on the 1st of January of the year of the prize, because it is presumed that at this stage in their careers, the eminent scholars have already seen their merits recognised and recompensed. In exceptional cases, the ECPR Executive Committee may forgo this requirement. The age condition is not applicable to the former members of the ECPR Executive Committee.
The documents required for a nominee's candidacy are: biography and bibliography of the nominee; evidence of the visibility of the nominee in the literature; and letters of recommendation from well-known scholars who may not necessarily be ECPR members.
Nomination for the prize can be made by ECPR member institutions, or from outside the ECPR by professional associations, universities, or research centres. Two or three political sociologists may jointly nominate a candidate.
Nominations must be sent by email to Marcia Taylor at the ECPR (email@example.com) by the deadline of 1st March 2019.
The 2019 prize jury is:
Mary Farrell, University of Plymouth (Chair)
Reuven Hazan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Petri Koikkalainen, University of Lapland
Thomas Saalfeld, University of Bamberg
The winner will be announced in June 2019 and the prize presented at the ECPR General Conference in Wrocław in September 2019.