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Thesis competition

2012: Local and regional authorities in the European Union

The Committee of the Regions of the European Union (CoR) is organising an annual doctoral thesis competition on local and regional authorities in the European Union.

The purpose of the competition is to reward the best doctoral thesis focusing on the local and regional dimension of the EU. Those wishing to articipate are requested to carefully read CoR Regulation 2/2010 on the conditions for admission to the competition, which entered into force this year.


The theses, to be submitted in duplicate (one paper copy and one electronic version), must be written in one of the EU's official languages. They must be accompanied by:

  • an abstract setting out the main arguments of the thesis (maximum 3 pages), written in English or
  • a curriculum vitae in English or French; and
  • a certificate confirming that the doctorate has been awarded.

The winner of the first prize will receive EUR 6 000. The selection board may also award up to four merit prizes of EUR 2 000, as well as certificates for excellence. Applications are to be sent to the following address:

Margarita Blanco
Committee of the Regions
Direction E. Horizontal Policies and Networks
Unit E.1. Forward Planning, Studies and Academic Networks
Rue Belliard 101, (VMA 06/18)
B - 1040 Brussels

Download the Thesis competition poster 2012 (pdf).

Closing date for applications: 16 May 2012.  Envelopes containing applications must be postmarked this date at the latest.

List of theses complying with the rules of admission for the Thesis Competition 2012

Abstracts of the award-winning theses 2012

Award Ceremony Video

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