European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: May 30, 2016

The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Thus, the European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is given for the best advanced research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program.
Two prizes will be awarded in 2016, one for a paper in the Humanities and one for a paper in the Social Sciences. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by the Council’s Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each prize winner will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in the European Studies Newsletter and on the Council’s social media sites. In addition, those prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration waiver for any conference in the three years following their award.


Each nominated article must meet the following criteria:

  • be a paper written by an undergraduate student in the field of European Studies;
  • be in the 8,000-10,000 word range, with a maximum word count of 12,000;
  • be written in English;
  • be the work of one author only;
  • be authored by a student of an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.

Nominations may be submitted by the author, an admiring faculty member or fellow student, and must be accompanied by a nomination form and digital copy of the nominated paper.  (Papers should be directly attached to the nomination form.)  Paper submissions will not be accepted. The nomination form will open on November 2, 2015.


Nominations will be accepted from November 2, 2015 until May 30, 2016. The winners will be announced in early November 2016.


Defining the Humanities and Social Sciences
For the purposes of the CES Undergraduate Paper Prize Competition, the Committee will adhere to the following definition of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  



Social Sciences

English   Anthropology
Comparative Literature   Economics
History   Sociology
Classics   Geography
Religion   Political Science/Government
Philosophy   Education
Rhetoric   Communications/Marketing
Law   Business Administration
the Arts   Public Administration
Linguistics   International Relations
Specific language Studies   Criminology 

Note: This list should not be interpreted as excluding submissions from disciplines or areas of research not listed.  For more guidance on issues of disciplinary eligibility please contact the Council for European studies at:

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