The CONREP Best Journal Article or Book Chapter Prize: Call for Submissions

Supporting Scholarly Excellence

The deadline for Global South submissions extended to 6 August 2021

The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation (CONREP) is now seeking submissions for the best sole-authored journal article or book chapter prize published between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2021 by a PhD or an Early Career Academic (within 5 years of the award of the PhD). The award recognises a publication that has made an outstanding and original contribution to knowledge in the area of asylum and migration externalisation studies. This prize is open to  PhD/Early Career Academics (ECA) in two categories: Global North and Global South*.

CONREP researches the impact and effects of refugee externalisation practiced by Australia, the EU and its member states. Entries for this prize must relate to at least one of CONREP’s five core themes:

  • Governance: the implications of externalisation policies adopted by state and non-state actors at different levels of governance
  • Legitimacy: the impact of externalisation policies on the legitimacy of states and regional bodies
  • Responsibility: the effects of the exercise and the delegation of legal and political responsibility on refugees affected by externalisation
  • Democracy: how externalisation limits the exposure of these practices to the scrutiny of regional and domestic democratic institutions
  • Human rights: the impact of externalisation policies on access to human rights protections for refugees and asylum seekers

The prize is valued at €1,000 EUR ($1,500 AUD). The prize will be awarded to the winning author at CONREP’s final showcase event (anticipated in October 2021). The prize winner will also be given the opportunity present their research and how it contributes to CONREP research themes at this final event.

Eligibility criteria

  • The publication must be in English
  • The publication must be sole-authored by a current PhD research or an Early Career Academic (within 5 years of the award of the PhD). Applicants must submitted either a copy of their student card, a University diploma, or provide a copy of their academic transcript with the date of PhD completion
  • The journal article or book chapter must have been published between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2021. Forthcoming publications with an online publication date between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2021 will also be accepted
  • The applicant must be a resident in a country in the Global North or South. A proof of address/residency must be submitted.

Submission process

Applicants are to submit the following documents to CONREP ( with the subject heading title: ‘Submission for the CONREP Prize for the Best Journal Article or Book Chapter (Name of Applicant)’ by Friday 6 August 2021 (late entries will not be accepted).

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A copy of a student card, diploma or academic transcript
  • A copy of a proof of address or residency
  • The complete journal article or book chapter written in English
  • Abstract (300 words, if not already included in the publication)
  • Keywords (up to five)

Please ensure that each of the document file names are clear with your full name stated in the title.

Evaluation criteria

The entry will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Quality, originality and excellence of the work
  2. Relevance to CONREP’s objectives and core themes
  3. Clear identification and contribution to the research field
  4. Expected impact of the work both in academia and, if relevant, on policy

The prize winners will be selected by a committee composed of one member from each CONREP partner university. The CONREP Selection Committee reserves the right not to award prizes.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 10 September 2021.

For further information, please contact Tamara Tubakovic

*For the purposes of this award, CONREP uses the United Nations 2020 World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) country classification to define the Global South as countries belonging to the category of ‘Economies in transition’ and ‘Developing economies.’ A list of these countries can be found in Table B on page 165 and Table C page 166 of that report.

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The candidate will be assessed as belonging to the Global South on the basis of their citizenship, primary residence or refugee status in one of these countries.