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Call for nominations: All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values 2020

19 December 2019

The prize will be awarded during ALLEA’s General Assembly in London on 4 June 2020.

The All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values is unique in its nature by emphasising the value of outstanding scientific and intellectual activities for the advancement of the European project and our common values. From the beginning the project has been supported by a President (Manuel Barroso in 2014) and various Members of the European Commission, who have participated in the award ceremonies and demonstrated the relevance of this prize. With each edition, the prize has attracted ever more attention by the European policy and scientific communities as well as the media and public.

Since its establishment in 2014, the Madame de Staël Prize is awarded to eminent scholars and intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the cultural values of Europe and to the idea of European integration, thereby promoting and strengthening an understanding of Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant. The prize also seeks to underline the importance of non-technological scholarly work and research for European advancement.

Now in its seventh year, the key principles of the Prize include:

  1. The Prize will continue recognising researchers or intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the furthering of common European values;
  2. While laureates still might derive from the social sciences and humanities there will be no more formal restriction for researchers from other disciplines, and the laureate’s research/work shall ideally be of interdisciplinary nature;
  3. Nominations can include individuals whose career paths may not be strictly academic, but whose work exhibits a strong and demonstrable contribution to the advancement of Europe.

To be considered by the Royal Irish Academy, you must:

  • Provide a letter of explanation from interested candidate(s) clearly outlining how their experience meets the criteria listed below (see ‘Achievements and contributions’ below) and other such criteria as relevant for the prize in question.
  • Provide a full academic CV.
  • Have the letter of explanation signed by two peers as an indication of their support- at least one peer must be a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and at least one peer must not be employed by the same institution as the nominee. Self-nominations alone will not be accepted.
  • Be employed at an institution on the island of Ireland and/or be a permanent resident of Ireland

Achievements and contributions

Nominees will be assessed on their track record of:

  • Publishing high-impact work
  • Publishing high-impact work as first-author
  • Presenting work at international conferences
  • Raising the profile of their field in Ireland
  • Securing research funding from international sources
  • Supervising doctoral candidates and supporting early career researchers.

To express an interest in being nominated for the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values 2020 please make your submission to by 31 January 2020.

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