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Carol Weiss Prize

The Carol Weiss Prize

2019 Winner - What is research? Educators’ conceptions and alignment with United States federal policies, by Kristen J Mills; Jennifer A Lawlor; Jennifer Watling Neal; Zachary P Neal; and Kathryn McAlindon

To mark the tenth anniversary of Evidence & Policy, the journal launched a prize which recognises outstanding early career contributors to the journal. The prize was created in memory of Professor Carol Weiss, the first North American Editor of Evidence & Policy and a pioneer in the field, and it will be awarded every two years.

A prize of £100-worth of Policy Press books will be awarded to the winner.  The paper will be made freely available for a period of three months and promoted widely.

The competition is open to early career contributors to Evidence & Policy.  Applicants must be the first author of a paper published or accepted for publication since the beginning of 2017 and must be able to demonstrate that they are at an early stage in their career, e.g. have completed a PhD no more than four years ago. Applicants are asked to submit, with their paper, a short supporting statement, which should outline briefly (maximum 2 sides of A4 12pt) why the contributor should be awarded the Carol Weiss Prize.

Assessment Criteria 
A panel involving Editorial Board members will judge the applications on the written material provided; applicants will not be required to attend an interview.  The assessment criteria are:

  • Original and promising contribution to the journal
  • Early career researcher (this is broadly defined but must be justified by applicants)
  • Research papers only
  • Demonstrates rigorous social science methods and theory
  • Novel contribution to evidence and policy studies
  • Accepted or published in 2019 or the previous 24 months 

The winner
There will be one winner every two years who will be asked to participate in some promotional activities for the publisher, Policy Press and will be able to present their research to an invited audience on acceptance of the prize, as part of a conference. 


  • Call for applications issued – end of January 2018
  • Applications deadline – end of June 2019
  • Shortlisting panel meeting – July 2019
  • Awards announcement – September 2019
  • Presentation of award – early 2020

Previous winners of the Carol Weiss prize

2017: Iris Stucki, ‘The use of evidence in public debates in the media: the case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns in the health policy sector

2016: William Allen, 'Factors that impact how civil society intermediaries perceive evidence'

Contact us
For more information about the Evidence & Policy Carol Weiss Prize please contact us at EvidenceAndPolicy@ed.ac.uk