Cultural Policy Research Award

The Award should stimulate research on issues that challenge Europe today

  • The CPR Award competition is open to candidates from all European countries.
  • Candidates must be able to speak and write in English.
  • Young academics, researchers and policymakers are eligible for the 10,000 Euro award.
  • Candidates must be educated to M.A. level in social sciences, art & humanities, or public policy research, and must be no older than 35 at the time of applying.
  • Candidates will be assessed according to their qualifications, the relevance of their research project to cultural policy issues, and their vision of how policy recommendations could be implemented.
  • Only applications submitted through the online application form on the CPR Award website will be accepted.
  • Applicants should take into account the Jury&8217;s time constraints – the application documents should be clear and concise.

The online application form consists of seven sections (steps):

  1. Applicant contact
  2. Applicant CV
  3. Relevant research paper in English, French, German or Spanish
  4. Cultural policy research proposal – Project information
  5. Cultural policy research proposal – Research plan
  6. Reference
  7. Questionnaire

Applications should be in English.

Only one proposal per individual researcher will be considered. Once the application has been sent, no further changes can be made. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Jury will review all applications and select the winner. If necessary, the finalists of the competition (two or three applicants) could be scheduled for a telephone conference interview.

The award will enable the proposed research to be carried out (within one year of the award being presented).

The CPR Award winner is expected to contribute to certain conferences and debates organized by the ECF.

Guiding thematic directions

The Award should stimulate research on issues that challenge Europe today.

The Award should stimulate applied and comparative research aspects of European cultural policies.

By “European”, we mean the region formed by Council of Europe Member States.

The research can apply comparative local, regional, national, large regions and European Union levels.

4 main (but not exclusive) issues will focus on competition in 2010:

  1. Developing intercultural and trans-national dimensions of cultural policies. Cultural policies are supposed to “manage diversity” through concrete policy instruments.
    • Development of inter-cultural policies
    • Interaction between these policies at regional, national and supra-national level
    • Trans-national dimensions
  2. European cultural policies in the context of globalisation Globalisation processes impact cultural production and participation, as well as cultural policies.
    • Main challenges and strategies for European cultural policies
    • Main challenges for cultural diversity in Europe
    • How cultural policies of states, regions or supranational organisations respond to these challenges.
  3. Social dimensions of cultural policies. The social dimensions of cultural policies are becoming a wider cross-cutting area both in theory and practice.
    • Cultural participation and equal access
    • Culture and development, cohesion
    • Quality of life
  4. Values and ethics in cultural policy. Cultural policy decisions are influenced by political contexts and cultural values.
    • Cultural values and political priorities
    • Cultural rights and cultural policy ethics
    • Ethical limits in cultural policy decisions (corruption, clientelism, etc.)


Elizabeth Darley
Place Flagey 18
B-1050 Bruxelles
phone: +32 2 201 29 12

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