ESRA Early Career Researcher Prize 2017

The European Survey Research Association invites early career researchers to submit a paper for consideration for the 2017 ESRA Early Career Researcher Prize. The author(s) of the winning paper will be announced at the ESRA conference in Lisbon in July 2017, and the first author will receive a cash prize of Є500.


The competition is intended to recognize excellence in research by scholars at an early stage in their careers. Papers are welcome in any field related to survey research broadly defined, including research on: theoretical issues in survey methodology; the use of statistical techniques in the design, adjustment, or analysis of survey data; and innovative empirical applications of survey methodology. Papers should be 9000 words maximum, references and footnotes included, and will be judged based on the quality of research design, originality, significance, organization, and presentation. The papers are completed versions of paper proposals accepted by the organisers for presentation at the 2017 ESRA conference.


The competition is open to researchers within two years of the completion of their doctorate or within five years of starting a career in survey research. They must therefore have completed their PhD no earlier than July 15, 2015, or started a career in survey research after that date, or still be registered university students. Eligibility is limited to papers that will be presented at the 2017 ESRA Conference in Lisbon. Nominated papers may have more than one author, but will only be eligible for the prize if: (a) all authors satisfy the Early Career Researcher Prize rules for eligibility; or (b) any authors who do not satisfy the Early Career Researcher Prize requirements are the PhD supervisor(s) of a first author who does satisfy the requirements.

Review Committee

The winning paper will be selected by a review committee composed of survey researchers who are members of the ESRA board and by an extra external member.

Paper Submission for the 2017 Competition

Please submit your paper by logging in here: and clicking on "Upload/edit paper" by Sunday, 30th April 2017.