The ESSHC has established The Professor Jan Lucassen Award,  a prize for the best paper at the ESSHC by a PhD student.

Entry requirements

The papers should be written by a PhD student, in English, and has to be accepted in the ESSHC program.

The paper should be based on original research, innovative and should explicitly strive to explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. Papers with an international comparative approach are preferred. The maximum length of the paper should be no more than 8,000 words.

How to apply

When you register for the conference you can select the box in the registration form that you wish to enter your paper if accepted in the program, or you can send an e-mail to the conference organizer to apply.

The paper should be uploaded to the conference website by 15 January 2025.

The paper should also be submitted digitally to the jury, accompanied by a short letter of recommendation by the PhD supervisor by 15 January 2025.  You can send your paper to the conference secretariat for distribution to the jury members.



  • Jan Lucassen (chair), IISH
  • Andrea Caracausi, University of Padua
  • Anne Gerritsen, Warwick 
  • Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Utrecht University
  • Silke Neunsinger, Labour Movement Archives and Library, Sweden
  • Andrea Peto, CEU


The ESSHC has a cash prize of € 1000 available for the winning paper. 

And an encouragement prize of € 250 for an honorary mention