Call for submissions 2017 "Graduate School Award for PhD Excellence"


To further stimulate and reward PhD research, the Graduate Schools invites its PhD candidates and recent graduates to submit their work for the "Graduate School Award for PhD Excellence". The deadline for submission is December 22 (Friday) 2017.

We welcome submissions for the following categories: poster presentation, conference paper, article or chapter, and dissertation. Winners receive a small sum of money and a certificate honouring their achievement. The winners will be announced in February, 2018.

Last year, the Graduate School received a huge amount of high quality submissions, mainly written in English, testifying to the international nature of the School. We were impressed by the productivity of our PhD candidate and their high visibility in international conferences and journals. We look forward to this year's submissions.

Eligible faculties/institutes

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

Submission criteria

  • Independent or first author PhD work of Graduate School PhD candidate.
    • i.e. your doctoral supervisor (Dutch promotor) must be associated with one of the above listed faculties/institutes.
  • Presented or published in 2017
  • Only English work can be submitted.
  • 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 however submit several distinctive pieces of work in different categories.
  • In case of doubt, check with the Graduate School office (contact@egs3h.eur.nl).

While the review criteria are not set in stone, the jury tends to favour work that demonstrates (a degree of) multidisciplinarity and/or the usage of multiple methods. In addition, the jury looks at the following points per submission:

Best poster presentation (50 euro)

  • Clarity of information
  • Visual design
  • Capturing attention

Best conference paper (50 euro)

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

Best article or chapter in an edited volume (150 euro)

  • 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

Best PhD thesis (250 euro)

  • Finished within 5 years, excluding maternal, paternal or other care leave
  • Submitted to committee in 2017
  • 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