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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Call for nominations for Basil Chubb PhD prize

Nominations for the 2018 Basil Chubb PhD Prize are sought from Heads of Politics departments/schools.The prize is an annual award to recognise the best PhD thesis (produced in an Irish university) in any field of politics in 2017. The award will take the form of a cheque for €200.

The PSAI is grateful to Taylor & Francis for generously sponsoring this prize.

The judging process is as follows:

Each Head of Department may make one nomination for the award each year. The nomination will consist of a letter of recommendation from the Head of Department (certifying that the candidate was awarded a PhD from that Department in the previous calendar year), along with a copy of all reports on the thesis from internal and external examiners, and with one copy of the thesis itself. (All nomination material will of course be held in absolute confidence by the PSAI save for the purposes of its internal judging process.) Following the judging process all examiners’ reports will be destroyed, and the copy of the thesis returned to the Head of Department.

Each nomination will be assessed by a team of three judges. The judging panel will make a recommendation to the PSAI committee, which will then decide the recipient of the Basil Chubb Prize. (The PSAI reserves the right not to make any award in a particular year.)

Note that nominees must be members of the PSAI.

Please post nomination materials to Martin McCleery ( Closing date for nominations is 2 June, 2018.