The annual Research Award is granted to a recently successfully defended doctoral thesis exploring topical issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to innovative and internationally oriented research designs. In addition, it is rewarded to a doctoral thesis that can inform policy making and benefit practitioners in the broad field of culture.

What is the aim?

This prestigious recognition aims to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural management and policy with an emphasis on its applied implications. The Award also has the ambition to contribute to the process of creating a network of scholars who are competent in doing ground-breaking research projects in cultural policy and cultural management.

What could I win?

The Award consists of the winning doctoral thesis being published in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Book Series, a series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy headed by ENCATC and funded by the Cultural Management Fund. The ENCATC Book Series is now edited by the leading academic publisher Routledge, and its international dissemination is thus ensured by this international publishing group. 

Who is eligible?

Emerging researchers in the field of cultural policy and cultural management from Europe and the rest of the world are eligible to apply. Applicants must have recently successfully defended their doctoral Thesis (up to 2 years after completion of the thesis) exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research. The doctoral thesis should inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the broad field of culture.


When is the Award Ceremony in 2022?

The 2022 Research Award Ceremony will be held in Antwerp on the evening of 17 October. It will be held in the framework of the 2022 ENCATC Digital Congress “Internationalization in Education, Research, policy, and practices: theoretical, strategic and management perspectives” taking place from 17-19 October. Registration for the Congress is now open!