IACFS - Ronald L. Watts Young Scholar Award


In 2014, the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) inaugurated the Young Scholar Award, an annual award for the best unpublished article or paper on an aspect of federalism. In 2015, this award was renamed in honour of Ronald L. Watts.


Only young researchers, attached or associated with an IACFS member centre are eligible. They include full-time researchers, masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students. Former students of a centre may also apply as long as there is a demonstrable association with the member centre. The age limit is 35 years old at the time of tabling the application.

Young researchers are invited to submit a journal-length article (8 000 - 10 000 words) on a topic dealing with an aspect of federalism. The topic does not need to be linked to the theme of the IACFS annual conference. The paper must be an original work. It may have already been submitted for publication but not published. The paper must be written in English.


A young researcher submits his or her work to the director of the centre and each centre may nominate up to three candidates.

Nominations and papers must be submitted to ronaldwattsaward@eurac.edu no later than 31 May 2019.


For 2019, the award comprises a return flight ticket to the IACFS annual conference in Speyer, Germany (16-18 October 2019), plus three days’ accommodation and a certificate. The award winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the IACFS conference.

For further information, visit www.iacfs.org and for further queries please contact Professor Francesco Palermo (Francesco.Palermo@eurac.edu) or Professor Nico Steytler (nsteytler@uwc.za).

IACFS Member Centres

Argentina: Institute of Federalism of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Cordoba I Australia: Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies I Australian Centre for Federalism I Austria: Institut für Föderalismus I Belgium: Research group for Government and Law University of Antwerp I Canada: Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies/ Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec (CRIDAQ), Institute of Intergovernmental Relations I Ethiopia: Centre for Federal Studies I France: Centre International de Formation Europeenne (CIFE) I Germany: Deutsches Institut für Föderalismusforschung e. V. (DIF e.V.) / German Institute for Federal Studies, Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung (EZFF) / European Centre for Research on Federalism (ECRF), German Research Institute for Public Administration (GRIP) I India: Centre for Federal Studies (CFS), Centre of Multilevel Federalism I Italy: Associazione Osservatorio Sul Federalismo e i Processi Di Governo, Centro Interuniversitario di Finanze Regionale e Locale (CIFREL), Institute for Comparative Federalism, Bolzano/Bozen, Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Regionali Federali E sulle Autonomie “Massimo Severo Giannini” I Nigeria: Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR) I Russia: Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Siberian International Centre for Regional Studies (SICRS) I South Africa: Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights I Spain: Institut d’Estudis Autonomics (IEA) I Sri Lanka: Institute for Constitutional Studies I Switzerland: Institut fur Föderalismus/Institut du Federalisme/Institute of Federalism I United Kingdom: Centre for Federal Studies I Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law United States: Center for State Constitutional Studies, Center for the Study of Federalism at the Robert B. & Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis