Submit your work and nominate your colleagues for the 2019 "Graduate School Awards for PhD Excellence"


To further stimulate and reward PhD research, the Graduate School invites its PhD candidates and recent graduates to submit their work and nominate their colleagues for the "Graduate School Awards for PhD Excellence". The deadline for submission is 15 December 2019.

We welcome submissions for the following categories:

  • ​​Best ​​​​​poster presentation
  • Best conference paper
  • Best article or chapter in an edited volume
  • Best PhD dissertation.
  • Best EGSH teacher
  • Best PhD supervisor
  • Best media performance by PhD candidate
  • Best PhD colleague

Winners receive a small sum of money and a certificate honouring their achievement. The winners will be announced in February, 2020.

Eligible faculties/institutes

You are eligible for submission or nomination when you are part of one of the Graduate School's faculties:

  • Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) 
  • Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)
  • Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
  • International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Submission criteria

Your submission must be:

  • Independent or first author PhD work by a Graduate School PhD candidate; 
    • (In other words, your doctoral supervisor (Dutch: promotor) must be associated with one of the above listed faculties/institutes.)
  • Presented or published in 2019;
  • Written or held in the English language;
    • (Except for the category 'best media performance PhD candidate'. This can include media performance in both Dutch and English language media outlets.)

And, bear in mind, that:

  • A distinct piece of research can only be submitted in one category. 
    • (in other words, candidates cannot submit an article and conference paper that basically report the same research.) 
  • You can also only submit one piece of work per category (or nominate one person in the case of the nomination categories).
    • However, you can submit several distinctive pieces of work in different categories. 

In case of doubt, check with the Graduate School office (contact@egsh.eur.nl).


Submission criteria per category

In addition, your submission will be judged on the following:

Best poster presentation

100 euro

  • Clarity of information
  • Visual design
  • Capturing attention
  • Demonstrates multidisciplinarity

Best conference paper

100 euro

  • Presented at an international or national conference in 2019
  • Containing basic academic ingredients: abstract, research question, and a consistent report of data, literature or conceptual reflection
  • Well written
  • Demonstrates multidisciplinarity

Best article or chapter in an edited volume

150 euro

  • Published in 2019
  • Containing basic academic ingredients: abstract, research question, and a consistent report of data, literature or conceptual reflection
  • Well written
  • Convincing and openness discussion of contribution to the field
  • Quality and character of the journal 
  • Demonstrates multidisciplinarity

Best PhD thesis

250 euro

  • Finished within 5 years, excluding maternal, paternal or other care leave
  • Submitted to committee in 2019
  • Well written
  • Clear contribution to the field
  • Wide grasp of the field and the literature about it
  • Diversity and clarity of methods and/or conceptual reflections
  • Demonstrates multidisciplinarity

Best EGSH teacher

  • Presented qualities in 2019
  • Clear presentation style
  • Opportunity to interact
  • Quality of course content
  • You can only nominate one teacher
  • Dr. Fadi Hirzalla and prf.dr. Liesbet van Zoonen are excluded from nomination

Best PhD supervisor

  • Presented qualities in 2019
  • Quality of supervision
  • Regular supervision meetings
  • Opens up network to help PhD candidate
  • You can only nominate one supervisor

Best media performance PhD candidate

150 euro

  • Outstanding quality or quantity of media performances in 2019 (Dutch and English)
  • Reach of media outlet
  • Connection to research

Best PhD colleague

250 euro

  • Presented qualities in 2019
  • Willingness to help out others without direct personal gain 
  • Genuine interest in (work of) colleagues 
  • Demonstrates a supportive team effort 
  • You can only nominate one PhD colleague
  • The nominee must be a PhD candidate (or recent graduate)