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Early Career Award

The European Survey Research Association invites early career researchers to submit a paper for consideration for the 2021 ESRA Early Career Award. The author(s) of the winning paper will be announced at the ESRA21 online conference and 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 should be complete and should be based on the abstracts accepted by the organisers for presentation at the 2021 online 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 1, 2019, or started a career in survey research after 2015, or still be registered university students. Eligibility is limited to papers that will be presented at the 2021 online ESRA Conference. Nominated papers may have more than one author, but will only be eligible for the prize if: (a) all authors satisfy the Early Career Award rules for eligibility; or (b) any authors who do not satisfy the Early Career Researcher Award 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 ESRA board members and by external experts in survey research.

Paper Submission for the 2021 Competition

When submitting your abstract, please already acknowledge that you want to be considered for the Early Career Award (and only when you meet the eligibility criteria). 

We will contact you after the submission deadline and ask you to upload your paper not later than May 1, 2021.