The ECPR Joni Lovenduski PhD Prize in Gender & Politics

About the Prize

The ECPR Joni Lovenduski PhD Prize in Gender and Politics is presented to an outstanding PhD dissertation in the field of gender and politics at the biennial European Conference on Politics and Gender. The prize was established in 2012 in order to recognize the scholarly excellence and academic contributions made by early career academics in the field of gender and politics.Joni.jpg

The prize was named in honor of Joni Lovenduski’s pioneering research on the representation of women in politics and public life and her long-standing contribution to women and politics within ECPR. Professor Lovenduski’s research has altered perceptions of the problem of women’s under-representation and obliged political parties to take measures to confront the issue of women’s legislative recruitment. Her work has also led to important inputs to debates on these issues at the European level, through her role as consultant to the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

As one of the first generation of gender and politics scholars, Professor Lovenduski has acted as a mentor and inspiration for subsequent generations, not least through her own research, but also as one of the founders of the ECPR Standing Group on Women and Politics and of the PSA Women and Politics Specialist group, and through her dedication to mentoring and promoting the new generations of scholars in gender and politics.


November 15, 2018

Nominations open Friday 15 June 2018.

Prize Details

Prize Announcement & 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.

Prize Frequency 

Every two years. If it is deemed that no PhD dissertation in Gender and Politics reaches an acceptable standard, the committee may decline to award the prize in any given biennium.

Prize Amount

500 Euros

2019 Prize Award Committee

Isabelle Engeli, University of Exeter (Chair)

Phillip Ayoub, Drexel University

Emanuela Lombardo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Sabine Saurugger, Sciences Po Grenoble

Submission Rules

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 2019 prize, all PhD dissertations that have been successfully defended between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2018 may be nominated for the prize. Candidates can only be nominated by their respective ECPR full member institution: self-nominations are 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 emphasize 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:

(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.


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.