GLOBALCIT – Rainer Bauböck 2024 Essay Award on the Global State of Citizenship

The Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a global research network committed to fact-based and non-partisan analysis of citizenship laws and electoral rights around the world, is soliciting submissions for the GLOBALCIT – Rainer Bauböck 2024 Essay Award on the Global State of Citizenship, by recent graduates with a master or equivalent degree, current doctoral researchers, or those within 3 years after the award of the doctorate.

Each year, the prize committee asks a question that the essays should try to answer. The question for the 2024 competition is:

How will climate change impact on citizenship? How should citizenship adapt to climate change?

We invite essays of up to 3,000 words. These should include a list of references that is not counted towards the word limit. Essays will explore either scenarios how citizenship is likely to be affected by climate change or discuss how citizenship should be reformed to cope with challenges emerging from the climate crisis.

The essays should be written in English and in a non-technical style that is accessible to a broader public audience (but should follow standard academic citation practices). Essays should be submitted online by 30 April 2024 at 23:59 CEST to together with a short CV and digital photo.


The selected essay will be published on the GLOBALCIT website and in the Cadmus research repository of the European University Institute. The author of the best essay will receive a prize of 1,000 euro.


Early career scholars from any academic discipline are invited to participate in the competition. Anyone currently contracted by GLOBALCIT, or who has been so in the last five years before the submission deadline, is excluded from participation. Essays must be single-authored.


A jury composed of the four GLOBALCIT co-directors and one external member with expertise in the domain of the annual theme of the competition will evaluate submissions and choose the winning essay. Essays will be evaluated based on the originality of the arguments and the ability to inspire and convey ideas in a concise and engaging way.

By entering the competition, participants agree to the terms of the competition, and agree to us processing and using their personal data for the purposes described – including to administer the contest, to attribute the winner publicly, and for promotional purposes. We will not share personal details with third parties. Copyright remains with the author.

About the essay award

The GLOBALCIT– Rainer Bauböck Essay Award is sponsored by the funds of the City of Vienna 2023 Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences awarded to Rainer Bauböck for his work on citizenship and democratic theory. Bauböck is a former professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute (EUI) and founding GLOBALCIT Co-Director. GLOBALCIT is a global research network based at the Robert Schuman Centre of the EUI.