ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy & Cultural Management

Publish Date: Jun 26, 2015

Deadline: Jun 30, 2015

The ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management was launched in 2014 by the European network on cultural management and cultural policy education, ENCATC, to reward the best recently published PhD thesis presented by a young researcher.

This prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy and cultural management with an emphasis on its applied implications. The ENCATC Award also has the ambition to contribute to the process of creating a network of scholars who are competent in doing comparative research projects in cultural policy and cultural management.

The ENCATC Award is granted to a recently published PhD thesis exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research. In addition, the ENCATC Award is rewarded to a PhD thesis that can inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the broad field of culture.

The ENCATC Award targets emerging researchers in the field of cultural policy and cultural management up to 35 years of age from Europe and the rest of the world.

Granted each year, the Award consists of the translation of the winning PhD thesis into English or French and its publication in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series, a new series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy headed by ENCATC. The international dissemination of the ENCATC Book Series is ensured by Peter Lang, an international publishing group based in Switzerland and operating throughout the world.

In 2015, the ENCATC Award Ceremony will be organised in Brussels in November alongside the European Culture Forum.


The PhD thesis submitted to the call must have been defended between the dates of 01/01/2014 and 30/06/2015 and be qualified with cum laude. All the PhD’s must be presented in English although the original version can be in another language.

How to apply

Candidates must send the following documents:

  • A cover letter
  • A summary of the PhD thesis in English
  • Letters of recommendation of two university Jury Members involved in the public defense process

Applications which do not meet eligibility criteria or do not respect the application procedure will not be accepted. The requested documents should be sent tog.cogliandro@encatc.org.

Submission fee

45€ at the time of submitting

Evaluation Guidelines

An international Jury will evaluate the applications and select the winner. For this Award, ENCATC uses a very broad definition of culture, going from the arts, heritage and culture to the cultural and creative sectors. In 2015, the thematic areas (not exclusive) for the competition are the following:

  • Developing intercultural and trans-national dimensions of cultural policies and cultural management issues;
  • Culture as tool for soft power;
  • Creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Participation and digitization;
  • Values and ethics in cultural policy and cultural management.

Qualification Criteria

  • Quality of the research and the research methodology
  • Originality
  • Innovative character
  • International dimension of the research
  • Comparative perspective of the research
  • Relevance and inspiration for the field and/or for policy makers


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