for Early Scholars


In order to stimulate advances in the areas of vulnerability and life course studies, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research LIVES encourages scholars at the beginning of their career to apply to the LIVES Best Paper Award for Early Scholars. Deadline for the 2021 application: 10 June 2021.
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The winner will be invited to present the paper at the SLLS conference, taking place online (20-22 September 2021).



  • The paper must be empirical (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method) and make an important contribution to the domain of vulnerability and life course research. The study would preferably be longitudinal and/or interdisciplinary.

  • The paper must have been published (including online first) in an internationally renowned peer-reviewed journal during the year 2020 only.

  • To be eligible for the award, the author must be the main contributor of the paper as well as have received his or her PhD in 2014 or later (graduation date).



Early career scholars shall apply to this award by submitting the published version of the paper in PDF and a short paragraph (100 words max) explaining why the submitted paper deserves to win.


Deadline for the 2021 application: 10 June 2021.

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