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I Contest for the best Doctoral Thesis on Latin America and the Caribbean

Organized by:

Professor Andrzej Dembicz Foundation

European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL)

Objective of the Contest

Recognize the best research work at the doctorate level in Europe that was developed within the scientific trend generated by the 8th CEISAL Congress.

General Framework of the I Contest:

Who can participate: Individuals who have graduated, or have a graduation date scheduled between November 29, 2013, and November 29, 2017, in doctoral programs at universities in the European Continent. Participants must have completed the study plan by the date of submission of the work, including the defense of the thesis before an examining board.

The submitted works must be individual (not group).

To participate in the contest you must submit a summary, maximum 20 pages. In addition, you must submit the complete thesis, which can not exceed 500 pages (A4).

The contributions will be reviewed by an Evaluating Committee. The review is based on the quality and relevance of the research, the relevance of the chosen methodology, the original contributions, and the number of publications in international congresses and magazines that show the impact that the study represents in the area developed.

To submit the doctoral thesis to the contest, a copy of the doctoral thesis should be sent in electronic format (pdf), to the e-mail: In addition, a copy of the resume (CV) of the author, in pdf format, and the declaration that the thesis hasn’t been previously submitted to another contest must be attached to the same letter.

The awards

The winning doctoral thesis will be awarded the Professor Andrzej Dembicz Foundation prize of € 1,000.00 (one thousand Euros), the Medal and the respective diploma. All the transport costs will be covered by the CEISAL, thus the winner will be able to collect the prize awarded in person.

The award ceremony will take place at the inaugural session of the 9th CEISAL Congress, in Bucharest, Romania, 2019.

Important dates

Submission deadline: November 29, 2017
Acceptance notification: June 24, 2018
Publication of the 5 finalist theses: February 3, 2019
The announcement of the final result of the Contest: April 11, 2019

Official website of the Contest.




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