Deadline for applications: 31 July 2016.

In order to stimulate advances in the areas of vulnerability and life course studies, the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research LIVES (NCCR LIVES) encourages early career scholars to apply to the LIVES Best Paper Award 2016.

The award will be delivered during the next Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) conference taking place in Bamberg, Germany, 5 - 8 October 2016. In addition to the award, the author will be invited to join the conference and covered for travelling expenses, conference and hotel fees (up to 3 nights).



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 English in a peer-reviewed journal in the year 2015.

To be eligible for the award, the author must be the main contributor of the paper as well as having received his or her PhD in 2009 or later (graduation date).



Authors can apply to the award until July 31th, 2016, by submitting contact details, a short paragraph (100 words max) explaining why the paper deserves to win, and the paper in pdf and in the format of the journal which published it.

Applications shall be done through the devoted LIVES webpage :

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