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 in a new book based on the winning doctoral thesis being published in the  ENCATC Advances in Cultural Management and Policy Book Series, a series of publications specialising in topics related to cultural management and cultural policy. The ENCATC Book Series is now edited by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the ENCATC Research Award:

  • Candidates may be of any nationality and reside in any country worldwide.
  • Candidates may be young or emerging researchers who have been recently defended their PhD thesis (up to 2 years after defence of the thesis) and be qualified with cum laude or equivalent highest qualification in the corresponding country’s higher education system.
  • Doctoral thesis submitted to the call must be related to the domain of cultural management and or policy.
  • Doctoral thesis may be submitted in any language. However, the applicant must submit an extensive summary in English.
  • The work submitted for evaluation must be original (except for material in the public domain and/or material included with written permission of the copyright owners). This work cannot have been published previously in any form, whether fully or partially. However, if required, the work can be made available on a university website or in a national library.
  • The work submitted for evaluation must not violate or infringe any existing copyright or licence or any other right of any person or party.
  • Candidates can apply once only.

When is the Award Ceremony in 2024?

The 2024 Research Award Ceremony will be held in Lecce, Italy in the framework of the 2024 ENCATC Congress (18-20 September, exact date TBC).