Essentials

  • Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2013. The Award notice will be published on 1 March 2014.
  • Candidates need to have been awarded a PhD in the last academic year or the beginning of the current academic year
  • Candidates need to be citizens of an EDA Member State
  • Download Call for Submission (PDF)

Summary
The European Defence Agency (EDA) in partnership with the Egmont Institute has the pleasure of inviting submissions for the 2nd annual EDA-Egmont PhD Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy.

Candidates need to have been awarded a PhD in the last academic year or the beginning of the current academic year (1 September 2012 to 1 December 2013), need to be citizens of an EDA Member State (all EU Member States except Denmark) or a state with an Administrative Arrangement with EDA (Switzerland, Norway), and need to be available to deliver an intervention at EDA’s Annual Conference scheduled for 27 March 2014 in Brussels.

Please consult the links below for full details on eligibility and award criteria as well as on how to submit.

Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2013. The Award notice will be published on 1 March 2014.

Scope and Aim

The EDA-Egmont PhD Prize in European Defence, Security and Strategy is intended to encourage and stimulate European research in the context of European Defence and Security. The award targets the findings of research that has been carried out in the framework of a defended and approved doctoral thesis at a recognised academic institution. The topic of the doctoral research paper needs to fit in the remit of Political Science, Law or Defence Economics.

The Prize will be awarded by the EDA in partnership with the Egmont Institute. The aim of the award is to acknowledge academic excellence while putting it in a European context. The unique partnership of Egmont institute and the EDA ensures academic substance and credibility while also disclosing the research to the heart of European policy making.

Award

The PhD PRIZE will include:

  • Award
  • A sum of 2000 EUR
  • An Intervention at the EDA Annual Conference 2014
  • An article in the EDA magazine, Defence Matters
  • The successful PhD thesis will be recommended by the editors, Prof Sven Biscop and Prof Richard Whitman, for inclusion in the Routledge European Strategy & Security Book Series (publisher’s terms & conditions apply)

Selection Criteria

Eligibility

To be eligible for the European Security Research Award the Candidate shall:

  • Hold a citizenship of one of the twenty-seven Member States of EDA or of a State with an Administrative Arrangement with EDA (Switzerland and Norway)
  • Have written a doctoral thesis in English on a topic in the field of European defence, security and strategy. The content has to relate to Political Science, Law or Defence Economics
  • Have submitted all the required documents in the call for submission
  • Hold a Doctoral degree that has been awarded by a recognized academic during the academic year prior to the EDA Annual Conference (1 September 2012 to 1 December 2013)
  • Submit his doctoral thesis in the call for submissions in 2013 for the first time (applications to last year’s call cannot be resubmitted)
  • Be available to deliver an intervention on 27 March 2014 at the European Defence Agency’s Annual Conference where the Prize will be announced

Award Criteria

The successful Candidate shall have produced a thesis that exhibits:

  • Considerable theoretical and/or practical significance
  • Thoroughness and objectivity in its findings
  • A unique level of innovation and creativity
  • Relevance to European defence and security policy

Submission

The submission shall consist of:

  • Duly filled and signed Submission Form
  • A Letter of Motivation (one page)
  • An electronic version of the entire thesis (available in English)
  • An Executive Summary (maximum five pages in English) of the thesis clearly highlighting what makes the thesis fulfil the Award Criteria
  • A copy of the Doctoral degree.

The submission shall be made:

European Defence Agency (EDA)
Att. Inge CEUPPENS
Rue des Drapiers 17 – 23
BE- 1050 Brussels
Belgium