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In order to stimulate advances in the areas of vulnerability and life course studies, the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES encourages scholars at the beginning of their career to apply to the LIVES Best Paper Award for Early Scholars. Deadline for the 2020 application: 30 June 2020.

The award was usually delivered during the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) conference taking place in Germany at the University of Potsdam. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be no ceremony for this Award this year. However, we kindly ask the winner to send us a selfie with the prize upon reception, which will be sent out by postal mail. We will gladly post your picture on our website.

Participation Criteria

  • The paper must be empirical (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method) and make an important contribution to the domain of vulnerability and life course research. The study would preferably be longitudinal and/or interdisciplinary.
  • The paper must have been published (including online first) in an internationally renowned peer-reviewed journal during the year 2019 only.
  • To be eligible for the award, the author must be the main contributor of the paper as well as have received his or her PhD in 2013 or later (graduation date).

Application deadline

Early career scholars shall apply to this award by submitting the published version of the paper in PDF and a short paragraph (100 words max) explaining why the submitted paper deserves to win.

Deadline for the 2020 application: 30 June 2020.