Call for Nominations: Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award 2024


Deadline: 18 December 2023 (23:59 CET) 

The IMISCOE Network is calling for nominations for its 2024 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award. Named in honour of Maria Ioannis Baganha, a prominent scholar and one of the founders of IMISCOE, the Network has awarded this prize annually since 2010 to stimulate and recognize excellent PhD research in the field of migration studies.

Eligibility and requirements

The 2024 competition is open to all PhD recipients whose official defence date occurred within the 24-month period preceding the launch of this Call on 6 October 2023. The competition is open to all interested candidates whether they are based at an IMISCOE Member Institute or not. Dissertations from all academic disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome. Both monographs and articles-based theses are accepted for the award. In the latter case, at least one article/chapter should be single-authored, and details should be provided regarding the candidate’s contribution to the co-authored articles/chapters which were part of the thesis. Applicants who have applied in earlier years cannot apply again.


Nominations must demonstrate a significant contribution to the field of international migration research in one or more of these criteria:

  • Research quality
  • Originality
  • Theoretical contribution
  • Methodological/empirical contribution


Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application form (available pdf here (928 KB) )
  • A summary of the dissertation (in max. 2.000 words) and up to 5 keywords
  • A single PDF file of the dissertation including all appendices, references, notes etc.
  • A CV (max. 2 pages)
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of the thesis committee who was not the candidate’s supervisor or co-supervisor nor was affiliated to the same institution where the PhD was obtained at the time of the thesis defence. Examiners' reports are not considered as letters of recommendation.
  • Only for articles-based theses: a letter detailing the candidate’s contribution to the co-authored articles/chapters which were part of the thesis.


Applications must be in English, but the manuscript can be written in any language that IMISCOE Member Institutes deem acceptable for PhD dissertation submissions.



The multi-disciplinary jury comprises experienced members of the IMISCOE Research Network who are recognised experts in their field. All members of the jury must declare the absence of any potential conflict of interest. Jury members cannot take part in the evaluation of their own PhD candidates, or candidates from their own institute or candidates with whom they share direct collaborative links (e.g., a joint publication).


Two-stage review procedure

The evaluation of the applications will be done in two stages. In the first stage, the jury will draw up a short list of candidates from the pool of applications based mainly on the assessment of the summaries provided by the applicants. Each shortlisted dissertation will be reviewed in the second stage by a member of the jury and one external evaluator. The winner will be notified in June 2024.



The award includes a cash prize (paid only to a university institutional account) and the opportunity to have the dissertation published in Open Access in the IMISCOE-Springer Research Series, free of charge but subject to the manuscript’s review by the book series’ Editorial Committee.


The award is scheduled to be presented at the 21st IMISCOE Annual Conference, to be held in Lisbon and Online on 2-5 July 2024. The winner is expected to attend the Conference on-site and present their work during the Award Ceremony.



Applications should be submitted by email to the IMISCOE Network Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18 December 2023 (23:59 CET). Questions concerning the award can be emailed to the IMISCOE Network Office.


The application form will he hyperlinked to the IMISCOE webpage post.