Make sure to apply for our the MJMCE UG DISSERTATION PRIZE 2023/2024

Have you written your Undergraduate dissertation on a topic relating to European Studies (broadly defined)? Then nominate yourself for the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence UG Dissertation Prize!

The Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) is a partnership between the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). We strive to strengthen the intellectual community in European Studies (broadly defined), while also facilitating local and regional links with practitioners, researchers, students and others interested in European affairs. Further details can be found on our website:

The UG Dissertation Prize exists to celebrate the hard work and insights of a new generation of scholars. In addition to being able to include the prize on your CV, we are pleased to also include a £100 prize in Blackwell’s vouchers for the winner.

  1. Eligibility

The JMCE will only consider applications from students based at one of its fee-paying stakeholders:

  • University of Manchester (you must be based within SoSS, SALC or AMBS);
  • Manchester Metropolitan University.


  1. How to nominate yourself

Simply email your completed dissertation to Dr. Paul Tobin with the email heading ‘JMCE UG Dissertation Prize’. Only self-nominations are accepted. Please email either using a non-University email address, or tell us one that we can use to contact you in future, as your email is likely to expire around the time of graduation.


  1. Deadline

The deadline for receipt of nominations to this call is Friday 1st June 2023.


  1. Evaluation

All dissertations will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Manchester JMCE after the deadline, with consideration of the following features:

  • Appropriateness of the dissertation’s structure for the purposes of the project;
  • Engagement with a wide range of existing research;
  • Erudition of the writing;
  • Clarity of the dissertation’s contribution to knowledge.


  1. Other requirements

After having been named the winner, the successful applicant is required to submit a brief quotation of up to 150 words, which will be uploaded to the Manchester JMCE website and may be used for promotional purposes. The quotation should state why you wrote about your chosen topic, summarise the topic explored, and explain the contribution of the dissertation to knowledge. We will be grateful if you can include with the quotation a photo of yourself, but we understand if you would prefer not to.

Mark your 📅 for the JMCE Annual Lecture taking place on Thursday, May 11 entitled “The Spectre of a Nuclear Threat in Europe”


Make sure to also check out this call for papers!

Call for papers: conference with the publication of a Special Issue: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine: addressing key questions”

Date: 19-20 June 2023

Place: The University of Manchester

Description: Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th 2022 shook the world, and puzzled policy-makers and scholars. Even after a year of conferences and high-level discussions, many questions about the war remain: Why did the invasion take so many by surprise? How has Ukraine continued to resist, when so many expected it to fall? What are the prospects for a realistic peace? How will Ukraine rebuild after the war? Answering these challenging questions requires deep contextual knowledge, analytical rigour, and knowledge exchange across fields and sub-fields. Scholars working on Ukraine and relevant topics are scattered across global institutions. This conference will bring together leading scholars and early career researchers from different universities in Manchester on 19-20 June 2023. Presenters will share their cutting-edge research and develop it further via feedback from one another and an informed audience. Presentation proposals are welcomed on topics related to domestic and international events leading to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s foreign policy, changes within Ukrainian society, implications for European security, the development of Ukraine’s foreign policy, perspectives for reaching peace, and post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. The conference will form the basis for a subsequent seminar series and a journal Special Issue.

Costs: Participation is free of charge. We accept online and offline participation. Financial support to cover the costs of travel and accommodation is available, but those who do not have travel funds available from their institutions will be prioritised for support.  Please let us know if you will need our financial support.

Application: Please send your CV and paper proposal (up to 500 words) to and until 30th April 2023. Please indicate in your application whether you would like to participate online or in person, and if you will require financial support. We will inform you the outcome by 15th May 2023. Papers are to be submitted by 5th June 2023.



What is JMCE?

The Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) is an interdisciplinary forum for the promotion of research and teaching on Europe across The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.


The JMCE aims to:

  • Support research activities, mainly through the funding of conferences and workshops with a European focus.
  • Organise events such as a regular seminar series and a high-profile Annual Lecture on Europe.
  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning, through the funding of innovative teaching-related projects.
  • Provide a platform for the interdisciplinary engagement of research students with an interest on Europe.
  • Reach out to the practitioner community and the public at large on matters affecting Europe.
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