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Rising Star Award


ECPR Rising Star AwardIn 2020 we launched the Rising Star Award as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Nurturing and supporting the careers of students and early career researchers has been a key part of the mission of the ECPR since its creation, so this new award is particularly apt.

The Rising Star Award aims to recognise the achievements of an outstanding PhD student or early career researcher in their scholarly life so far and provide them with the opportunity to develop their network and skills even further with ECPR support.

The award will be presented annually to an individual considered to have a particularly promising future in the field of politics and international relations. The winner, who must work or study at an ECPR member institution, will enjoy a year’s free access to a selection of our events.

The nominations for the 2024 Rising Star Award are open.


The nominations for the 2024 Rising Star Award are open.

Nominations open 7 May 2024.
Nominations closed 29 August 2024.

Submitting a nomination

To nominate, please email a formal nomination letter to

Each institution may only nominate a single candidate, though nominations may come from any person. We hope this will encourage discussion within each institution, but should more than one nomination be received we will contact nominators and our OR to ask that a single candidate be decided upon.

Nominations must include:

  • The nominee’s CV 
  • A formal nomination letter


An ECPR Rising Star is:

  • A current PhD student, or within five years of completing their PhD
    • If the candidate has, during this time, experienced a delay to their academic career due to parental leave, caring responsibilities, or health issues, the nominator may request an additional year of eligibility
  • Working or studying at an ECPR Full or Associate Member institution
  • Academically involved
    • Please include details of current or previous research projects they have participated in, as well as contributions to journals, books, and/or blogs, or demonstrable commitment to teaching
  • Socially engaged
    • A good networker whose contribution to the profession reaches beyond the academy, to provide benefit to the community and wider society
    • Please include details of their involvement in the academic community, within their institution, country and community; examples of public engagement, teaching and general involvement with other associations/events/institutions; and engagement with ECPR events, activities and publications

ECPR will review each application on its own merits and the arguments of the nominator.

Prize Jury

The Jury for this prize will be confirmed. The jury is comprised of a member of our Executive Committee as Chair, plus four Official Representatives from Member institutions.

Questions? Email


2023 – Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte

Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte, 2023 Rising Star winnerStuart Turnbull-Dugarte is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Political Science at the University of Southampton. He received his PhD in Political Science in 2020 from King’s College London under the supervision of Christel Koop. His thesis, examined by Sara Hobolt of The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca of Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences, Spain, explored the consequences of European economic intervention on domestic politics in EU member states.

Stuart’s work lies at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and political behaviour. In his current research, he investigates far-right party success, political & social identities, and LGBTQ+ behaviour. His most recent research has been published in the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Politics.

Stuart, the first in his family to go to university, is very proudly a first-generation scholar and is an advocate for diversifying the voices represented within political science. In particular, he is passionate about the inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals across the intersection of non-privileged backgrounds and is also a champion of normalising open transparency about depression and anxiety, as well as mental health more generally, within academia.

He is currently an Associate Editor at both Public Opinion Quarterly and the European Journal of Politics and Gender.

Our jury commented on his outstanding academic record, his productivity in publications and his status as a role model. Read full laudation.

It is our pleasure to celebrate Stuart's achievements, and we have therefore created this short video with Stuart, the Chair of our jury Amy Verdun, and with Stuart's nominator Markus Wagner, to share this award with our community.

2022 – Hans Asenbaum

Hans Asenbaum, 2022 Rising Star winnerHans Asenbaum is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He holds a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. He was nominated for the Rising Star Award by John Dryzek who described Hans as one of the very best among the numerous early career researchers has worked with in his career.

Hans will receive free admission to a range of our events as well as the chance to deliver a lecture as part of our House Series. You can read his contribution to our blogsite, The Loop’s Science of Democracy Series here

Hans's research interests include identity and inclusion in new participatory spaces, digital politics, and theories of radical democracy. His recent work develops a new participatory approach to theorizing democracy which calls on academics to leave the ‘ivory tower’ and co-create the meaning of democracy with bottom-up movements.

Our jury commented on his extensive publications, significant contributions to international research projects, and active role in teaching; his service to the profession; and his commitment public engagement through his Democratic Theorizing Project. Read full laudation.

To capture and share this special moment with our community, we created this short video featuring Hans, our jury Chair Amy Verdun, and Hans’ nominator John Dryzek.

2021 – Julia Schulte-Cloos

Julia Schulte-Cloos, 2021 Rising Star winnerJulia Schulte-Cloos is a Marie-Curie funded Research Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She was nominated for the Rising Star Award by Klaus Goetz, ECPR Official Representative of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Like Veronica, she will also receive free entrance to a range of our events and have the chance to deliver one of our House Lectures; she already writes for the Loop.

Julia holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute. Julia combines an interest in the study of political behavior with a strong passion for computational methods for social sciences. In her current Marie Sklodowska-Curie research project, she investigates how political conflict transforms when democratic norms come under pressure, and what consequences such transformations have for citizens' attitudes toward liberal democracy, for their political action repertoires, and for the crystallization of their distinct social identities. She examines the role that these social identities play in shaping citizens' voting behavior and in informing their political engagement online. Her most recent research has appeared in Political Behavior, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies. Julia is an open science advocate and expert on computational reproducibility, seeking to promote such open science practices by offering advanced training programs and developing tools for reproducible research workflows.

Our jury commented on her publications, research, and teaching; her service to the profession; and her commitment to open science. Read full laudation.

It is our pleasure to celebrate Julia's achievements, and we have therefore created this short video with Julia, with the Chair of our jury Amy Verdun, and with Julia's nominator Klaus Goetz, to capture and share this special moment with our community.

2020 – Veronica Anghel 

ECPR Rising Star Winner 2020 Veronica AnghelVeronica Anghel, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has been honoured with our inaugural Rising Star Award.

The award, made possible by our Bonus Fund, created as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, aims to recognise a remarkable PhD student or early career researcher considered to have star potential in the field of politics and international relations. As part of her prize, Veronica will enjoy free admission to some of our key events in 2021, deliver a talk for our virtual lecture series launching in December, and have the opportunity to publish a piece for our new blogsite, The Loop.

Veronica is an early career researcher focusing on the challenges to democratic regime building and party politics in post-communist Europe. She received her PhD summa cum laude from the University of Bucharest in co-direction with the University of Bordeaux. Her work is published in East European Politics and Societies, Government & Opposition, Survival and in edited volumes with Oxford University Press, Macmillan and ECPR Press. She is also the ‘Robert Elgie’ Editorial Fellow for Government & Opposition.

Veronica was nominated by Erik Jones, Director of the European and Eurasian Studies programme at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna; where Veronica was a research associate at the time of nomination. 

Our jury were unanimous in their decision and assert that what makes Veronica a 'Rising Star' is that 'she has begun to produce research output of considerable quality and is simultaneously a well-rounded scholar with excellent academic networks engaging beyond the academy and contributing to the development of innovative teaching methods in political science.' Read full laudation.

In light of the exceptional circumstances, we have chosen to present the award to Veronica virtually, and created a short video to capture this very special moment.