GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION

Due to the trend of electoral malpractices in Nigeria, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA); Electoral Integrity Project (EIP; Harvard University & University of Sydney) have decided to be co-sponsors of the ”INTERNATIONAL IDEA/ELECTORAL INTEGRITY PROJECT AWARD.
Papers are welcome from students enrolled in a graduate program (at Masters Level, Doctoral Level, or equivalent) at any time from 1 January to 31 December 2014 at an accredited university,
regardless of gender, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, or citizenship. The award will be presented to the author (or authors) of an outstanding graduate student essay written in English based on the paper’s significant contribution to the theory and practice of electoral integrity.
The theme for this year’s essay competition is in line with a workshop on electoral integrity. titled “What Works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity”
A wide range of policies are available, including the following types of initiatives.

  1. Legal frameworks                                7. Governance: 
  2. Technologies:                                      8. Monitoring: 
  3. Transparency:                                      9. Accountability: 
  4. Campaigning:                                     10. Public reform campaigns: 
  5. International pressures:                      11. International standards: 
  6. Evaluation methods: 

Method: Essays can be based on any methods, including cross-national comparisons, case-studies, field and lab experiments, public and elite surveys, formal theory, content analysis, analysis of Big Data, and participant observation studies.
Applicants can be from any social science discipline.
Application instructions:
A paper written in English should be between 25 to 50 double-spaced pages, inclusive of reference matter;
 A cover page listing all the authors, contact details, title and a short 100 word abstract;
 A curriculum vitae; and,
 A photocopied document demonstrating your student affiliation during 2014.
Co-authored papers will be considered for the award, but only if all authors were graduate students during 2014. The winning paper will be selected by a three-person award committee.
Submissions must be received by 1 January 2015. The award recipient will be notified by 1 March 2015.
Award details: The author (or authors) of the winning paper will receive an award of $750 and a further award (up to US$1,000) for the costs of attending the award ceremony at an international meeting. The 2015 award will be presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, 2 September 2015. The award recipient will also have the opportunity
to present their paper at a relevant policy-makers conference (to be determined in consultation with International IDEA).
Application submission: Please submit applications by email toelectoralintegrityessay@gmail .com

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