The Joni Lovenduski PhD Prize in Gender and Politics

Nomination Procedure

The PhD dissertation must have been examined and deemed to have passed in the two years preceding the European Politics and Gender Conference. However, the PhD need not have been officially conferred during this period. For the 2019 prize, all PhD dissertations that have been successfully conferred between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2018 may be nominated.

Candidates can only be nominated by their ECPR member institution: self-nominations are not accepted. Only full member institutions can nominate a candidate for the prize, and the dissertation must have been submitted at that institution. ECPR full member institutions can nominate no more than one candidate for the prize. The prize is open to women and men. The nomination must come via the ECPR Official Representative or the Head of Department.

The topic of the PhD dissertation should adopt a gender and/or sexuality studies perspective within the broadly conceived fields of political science, international relations, political theory, philosophy, research methods, public policy or public administration.  Book chapters are not considered for this prize.

Thesis-based dissertations
If the thesis was funded and accomplished within the framework of a collective research project, the submission should state in an explicit and precise way the original contribution of the candidate in terms of methodological framework (data collection, data analysis), theoretical framework and empirics.

Article-based dissertations
These may be submitted under the following conditions:

1.  the dissertation should comprise at least three articles
2.  at least two articles must be single-authored. The submission should state in an explicit and precise way the contribution of the candidate to the co-written piece(s). The submission should state the share of the contribution in percentage, broken down by sections of the article(s).

The nomination must include (as three separate PDF files):

1.  An enclosed letter from the ECPR Official Representative of the member institution or the Head of the Department at which the PhD dissertation was examined. The letter should emphasise the innovative and outstanding contribution of the PhD dissertation to research on Gender and Politics, as defined above. The letter from the ECPR Official Representative or Head of the Department should be directly addressed to Marcia Taylor.
2.  An expanded 15 to 20 page abstract in English outlining the main arguments of the work. The abstract should include:
     a. The subject of the PhD dissertation and how it relates to current research on Gender and Politics
     b. Its main findings and arguments
     c. Its principal conclusions and contributions to the field of Gender and Politics
     d. The author's original contribution in case of collective work and publication (see requirements stated above regarding article-based dissertation and thesis-
         based dissertation).
3.  The table of contents of the PhD dissertation, also in English.


The nomination materials will be used to select a shortlist of PhD dissertations (usually of not more than five candidates). The authors of the shortlisted dissertations will be asked to provide an electronic copy of their complete dissertations.


The criterion for this prize is that, with suitable amendments, the dissertation would make an outstanding book, addressing central themes in the relevant subfield(s) of the discipline, and hence would be suitable for publication, in English, by ECPR Press / Rowman & Littlefield International. However, the Press is under no obligation to offer a contract and no candidate is under any obligation to accept such a contract if offered.

Any questions should be addressed via email to Isabelle Engeli.

Please email submissions to ECPR's Marcia Taylor.

Nominations for this prize are now closed.

Prize Jury

The 2019 prize jury comprises:

Isabelle Engeli University of Exeter (Chair)
Phillip Ayoub Drexel University
Emanuela Lombardo Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Sabine Saurugger Sciences Po Grenoble

Prize announcement and delivery

The prizewinner will be announced in July 2019, one month before the European Conference on Politics and Gender, which takes place in Amsterdam. The prize will be presented at the award ceremony during the conference, during which the winner will be invited to deliver a talk presenting her/his PhD research.

The winner may claim expenses up to €500 for the cost of accommodation, and travel within Europe.


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