POP Prize for best ECR publication

APSA Political Organisations and Participation Research Group  Prize for Best ECR Publication

We are seeking applications for the 2021 POP ECR Publication Prize. See below for full details of the prize and eligibility.

Note, that due to COVID, for this year only we consider articles ‘published’ in 2019 and 2020. 

Applications will constitute a single page with:

  1. author name;
  2. author affiliation;
  3. date of PhD (or indicate if currently a PhD candidate);
  4. publication details (date, title, journal, page range);
  5. how they fit the definition of an ECR.
  6. Please also attach a pdf of the article.

Please submit articles to darren.halpin@anu.edu.au by 5pm, Friday 29th October 2021.


APSA Political Organisations and Participation Research Group

Prize for Best ECR Publication Rules and specifications

An annual prize awarded to the best article appearing in a peer-reviewed journal and authored by a POP member who is an Early Career Researcher at an Australian University (defined as within 5 years of PhD award, including PhD students)*. For the purpose of the prize, we consider an ECR to have authored an article where they are the lead author or have contributed at least 50% of effort in the year of publication.

The award will be made (for the preceding year) at the POP workshop. We consider an article to have been published in a given year if it has been assigned an issue in that year, or has appeared online or as ‘early view’ in that year.

Nominations can be made by members of POP – and authors themselves – by a due date to be advertised on the APSA website and POP blog/FB page. Submissions will be reviewed by an International Panel – including at least 2 Australian Academics and 1 International Academic – to be established annually by the Convenors of POP.

The Committee will consider the following when evaluating the submissions:

– Does the publication address a central and/or neglected question to the field?

– Does the publication apply unique or interesting methods?

– Does the publication advance the study of Political Organisations and Participation broadly conceived?

*The application can refer to career breaks and other factors that would bring individuals effectively within this 5-year bracket, as per ARC guidelines.