The CONREP Creative and Innovative Work Prize: Call for Submissions

The extended deadline for submissions is 6 August 2021

The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation (CONREP) is now seeking submissions for the Creative and Innovative Work Prize. This award recognises creative and innovative work in the area of asylum and migration externalisation by an amateur or emerging artist under the age of 30 years.

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 at the CONREP’s final showcase event (anticipated in October 2021). The prize winner will be given the opportunity to present their creative work at this final event.

Eligibility criteria

  • This award is open to amateur or emerging artists under the age of 30 years
  • The application and creative work must be in English. Examples of creative and innovative work include but are not limited to:
    • Photographic art
    • Art installation
    • Fine Artwork piece: for example sculpture, paintings, sketches
    • Recorded performance
    • Creative written piece
    • Lyrical music piece
    • Short films and documentaries

Submission process

Applicants are to submit the following submission documents to CONREP ( with the subject heading title: ‘Submission for the CONREP Creative and Innovative Work Prize (Name of Applicant)’ by Friday 6 August 2021.

  1. A brief description of your professional and/or personal experiences, studies or research in the field of refugees, borders, frontiers, migration or human rights in the last 5 years (max 2 pages)
  2. The title and short description of the creative/innovative work and how it fits with CONREP objectives and themes (max 1 page);
  3. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  4. A copy of the creative/innovative work

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 creative and innovative work
  2. Relevance to CONREP’s objectives and core themes of the proposed publication
  3. Applicant profile (quality of the applicant’s curriculum vitae and professional/personal experience, research or studies related to the award)

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