Call for Nominations


ESWRA is seeking nominations for two Annual Awards for Outstanding Publications:

  1. The ESWRA Award for an Outstanding Publication in European Social Work Research.
  2. The ESWRA Award for an Outstanding Publication in European Social Work Research
    Based on a Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation.

The second award is open to all who were doctoral students at the time of the research nominated for the award.



The winners will receive:

  • A certificate of award
  • A 500 Euro prize
  • The conference fee for ECSWR to receive their award at an awards ceremony at the conference.


Eligibility criteria for the awards

The awards are made for research papers in social work published for the first time either in an Advance Access format or in hard copy during the period 1st January to 31st December 2019. For the doctoral award, the degree must have been awarded not earlier than January 1st 2017 (‘awarded’ means when the University formally wrote to confirm the acceptance of the PhD thesis rather than the graduation ceremony.)

Nominations must demonstrate a significant contribution to research against the following criteria:

  • Overall research quality, including appropriate rigour, transparency and validity.

AND one or more of the following:

  • Carried out in a demonstrably new area of research
  • Demonstrates methodological innovation
  • Makes a significant conceptual or theoretical contribution to its field
  • Has a (potential) impact for policy-makers, practitioners and other research users

The awards will go to individuals whose research and publication are deemed to have made the most significant contribution to research in social work of those put forward for consideration.

In the case of articles with more than one author, the proposer must be able to demonstrate in the proposal statement that the candidate was personally responsible for meeting the majority of the criteria cited in their nomination for the award. This is especially important if the nominee is not the first named author of the article. The nominee / nominator need not be a member of ESWRA.

Nomination process

Nominations for the awards should be made no later than 31st December 2019

A nomination for the award should include:

  1. A completed nomination form which is available below or from (self-nominations are welcome for the general award).
  2. A proposal statement of not more than 1,000 words in support of the nomination. In the case of the doctoral research award, the statement should be provided by either a supervisor or external examiner.
  3. A copy of the article in English or a link/citation to where the article can be accessed in English.

You can nominate for the general award HERE. Self-nominations are welcome.

You can nominate for the award based on a doctoral thesis HERE.

Or contact to be sent the nomination form.

The judging panel will be appointed by the ESWRA Board. The awards will normally be announced and presented during the ESWRA Annual Conference.

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