Call for Submissions – The 2020 Global Strategy PhD Prize


Awarded by Egmont and the European Security and Defence College – Deadline Extended until 10 November


The Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) are inviting submissions for the 6th edition of the Global Strategy PhD Prize.

Eligible are all doctoral dissertations drafted in one of the working languages of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (English and French), which address a policy-relevant topic related to the foreign, security and defence policy of the EU that falls within the remit of the EU Global Strategy, and which have been successfully defended between 1 July 2019 and 30 September 2020.

The winner will be awarded:

  • A certificate signed by the heads of the two organizing institutions.
  • A cash prize of €1000.

The selection will be made by a jury composed of Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop (Egmont & Ghent University, chair), Dirk Dubois (Head of the ESDC), and representatives from the EU institutions and the academic community.

The selection will take place in two steps:

  • By 10 November, candidates must submit an expression of interest including a 1-page abstract of the dissertation, with a specific focus on policy relevance, to the chair of the jury Sven Biscop.
  • By 16 November, the representatives of the two organizing institutions will shortlist 3 to 5 candidates.
  • By 30 November, the shortlisted candidates must submit their complete dissertation.
  • By the end of January, the full jury will select the winner.
  • The winner will be invited to receive his/her award on a suitable occasion in Brussels.

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