November 21, 2019

Call for Applications for the 1st RC33 Awards for Best Papers at the 10th RC33 Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus 2020

The Board of RC33 is pleased to announce the introduction of two awards for best social science papers! These two awards will highlight excellent published work by RC33 members. Winning articles will each be awarded a prize of 300 €. The awards will be presented at the 10th RC33 Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus taking place 8th-11th September, 2020.

Those who are not yet a member of RC33 should consider becoming one before the upcoming ISA Forum Conference in Brazil and the RC33 Conference in Cyprus. Anyone who is a member of RC33 as of September, 2020 can be considered for a Best Paper award.  

Awards will be given to outstanding recent published work by RC33 members. The Best Paper Award is open to all RC33 members and the Best Paper by a Young Scholar Award is open to RC33 members in the early stages of their academic career, i.e., any member who has a) not yet finished their PhD/dissertation or b) who received their PhD/doctorate after 31st December, 2016.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be judged by an awards committee made up of RC33 (board) members. Each paper will be judged based on its

  • scientific contribution,
  • innovative nature, and
  • style, in terms of writing and presentation.

Papers can be substantive or statistical- and/or -methodological in nature. Whether substantive or methodological, papers should have a clear empirical (quantitative or qualitative) focus.

General eligibility

All RC33 members at the time of the RC33 Conference in September, 2020 are eligible to submit a paper for consideration.

Submitted papers should be

  • on a social science-related topic,
  • written in English,
  • published in a peer-reviewed journal, no earlier than 1st January, 2018, and
  • at least one of the authors (the applicant) should be an RC33 member.

Furthermore, for the Young Scholar Award, the applicant[1] should meet the above-mentioned criteria (PhD/doctorate completed no earlier than 31st December, 2016).

Applications submitted to the Young Scholars Award will also be considered for the Best Paper Award based on the basis of the submission’s overall merit. This means both awards could be given to young scholars. Applications from established scholars, however, cannot be considered for the Young Scholars Award.

Submission guidelines

In your submission, please include

  • a short abstract of the paper (ca. 300 words, if not already present), and
  • a copy of the article for consideration.

For the Best Paper by a Young Scholar Award, please also include

  • a copy of your CV so we can verify your status as a “young scholar”.

Application and Selection Process

We will begin accepting submissions on 15st November, 2019.

Submissions should be sent to Henrik Andersen, RC33 Vice-President  for Awards, at Please clearly state in the subject line of the email whether you wish to be considered for the Best Paper or Best Paper by a Young Scholar Award.

The deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2020.

After the submission deadline, the papers will be forwarded to the RC33 Awards Committee and reviewed based on the above-mentioned criteria.

Award-winners will be contacted after the review process.


We look forward to your submissions!


Kind regards,

Henrik Andersen

(RC33 Vice-President for Awards)

[1] For the Young Scholar Award, the applicant should be the main author, i.e. name listed first in a co-authorship. No restrictions are placed on other co-authors besides the applicant.

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