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 needs not to have been officially conferred during this period. For the 2017 prize, all PhD dissertations that have been successfully conferred between 1st October 2014 and 30th September 2016 may be nominated for the prize.

Candidates can only be nominated by their respective ECPR full member institution: self- nomination is not accepted. Only full member institutions can nominate a candidate for the prize and the PhD 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 both 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, as well as public policy and public administration.

Article-based dissertations: article-based dissertations are allowed for submission 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). Book chapters are not considered for this prize.

Thesis-based dissertations: thesis-based dissertations are allowed for submission. In the case where 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.

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 the co-conveners of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics.

(2) An expanded 15 to 20 page abstract in English outlining the main arguments of the work. The abstract should include:

(i) The subject of the PhD dissertation and how it relates to current research on Gender and Politics

(ii) Its main findings and arguments

(iii) Its principal conclusions and contributions to the field of Gender and Politics

(iv) 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 short-list of PhD dissertations (usually of not more than five candidates). The authors of the short-listed dissertations will be asked to provide an electronic copy of their complete dissertations by January 15th 2017.


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 inclusion in the ECPR's Monographs series, which is published in English. Although it is hoped that the successful dissertation will be published in the ECPR Press Monograph series, the Press is under no obligation to offer a contract with the book series; and no candidate is under any obligation to accept such a contract if offered. However, the Editors of the Press hope to start discussions as soon as possible with the winner, and indeed with some of the other shortlisted candidates, on the possibility of publishing their dissertation as a book in the Monograph series.

Submissions should be addressed via email, formatted PDF files only.

Submissions should be addressed to the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics ( and the chair of the committee (

Nominations open 15 June 2016

Nominations deadline 15 November 2016

The 2017 prize jury comprises:

Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary)
Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)
Georgina Waylen (University of Manchester)
Isabelle Engeli (University of Bath), Chair

Prize announcement and delivery:

The winner of the prize will be announced one month before the 5th European Conference on Politics and Gender in June 2017, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The prize will be presented at the award ceremony during the conference. The winner will be invited to deliver a talk presenting her/his PhD research. Expenses to attend the ceremony will be covered for travel and accommodations (up to a maximum amount of 500 euros, travel within Europe). The prize will be handed out jointly by a representative of the ECPR and the Standing Group co-conveners.



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