Co-organizers, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP; Harvard University & University of Sydney), are inviting submissions for the 2016 Electoral Integrity graduate student essay competition.
The award will be presented to the author (or authors) of an outstanding graduate student essay written in English based on the paper’s significant contribution to the theory and practice of electoral integrity.
Application instructions: Submissions must be received by Monday, February 29, 2016. The award recipient will be notified in April 2016.
Theme: Global concern about contentious elections has risen as elections have spread worldwide, becoming a standard part of the initial phases of peace-building and state-building processes even in inhospitable conditions, such as in Afghanistan, Libya, Nepal, and Iraq.
Method and design: Essays can be based on any methods, including comparative cross-national time-series evidence and/or case-studies of historical processes within particular countries. Applicants can be from any social science discipline.
Award details: The author (or authors) of the winning paper will receive an award of US$750 and a further award (up to US$1,000) for the costs of attending the award ceremony at the pre-IPSA Workshop on Electoral Integrity in Istanbul in July 2016. The award recipient will also have the opportunity to present their paper at a relevant policy-makers conference (to be determined in consultation with International IDEA).