Brett William Campbell PhD Thesis Prize in International Studies

The University of Trento in collaboration with the School of International Studies make one PhD thesis prize available in memory of Dr. Brett William Campbell. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 27 July 1979, Brett was admitted to the PhD programme in International Studies at the University of Trento in 2012. He left us on 29 July 2018 after losing his battle against cancer. The amount for this prize is EUR 2,500 and is made available by a group of Brett’s friends and colleagues through a fund-raiser. The objective of this prize is to see the research topics close to Brett’s interests carried forward through the work of other young researchers in Brett’s fields of study. The winner will be given the opportunity to present his/her work at the School of International Studies by the end of 2020.

Art. 1 – Thematic areas of research

Applicants may submit their PhD thesis in the field of political science, sociology, philosophy, economics, or law and pertaining to one of the following thematic areas:

  • Western counter-terrorism
  • Drone wars
  • The legal, economic, political and/or philosophical implications of new military technologies on international politics, domestic democracy or human rights
  • Multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches to International Relations, such as theses that bring together theories, concepts or methods from two or more disciplines to further understanding of international relations
  • State reputation in international relations

Art. 2 – Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the prize, the applicant shall submit a PhD thesis fulfilling the following cumulative criteria:

  • Thesis was recently defended (maximum 36 months since defense by 30 April 2020) in an Italian university or any univer-sities abroad
  • Thesis primarily relates to one of the thematic areas listed in Article 1
  • Thesis is in English or Italian language.

The prize cannot be awarded to applicants who have already received a similar prize sponsored by private or public entities.

Art. 3 – Application guidelines

Applications must be submitted by 30 April 2020, 23:59 CET via the online tool available at The following pdf documents need to be attached:

  • Copy of full thesis as it was defended
  • Short summary of the thesis (max 500 words)
  • Thesis presentation (research questions, methods, and main findings and relevance for the prize – max 5 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae.

Art. 4 – Prize jury and evaluation criteria

The award decision will be taken on the basis of a shortlist drawn up by the Committee that will be composed of at least two professors of the School of International Studies specialised in the thematic areas of the prize and of four graduates from the PhD program in International Studies at the University of Trento.The Committee will base their decision on the quality and scientific originality of the thesis and may also take into consideration the curriculum studiorum of the applicants.

Art. 5 – Winner and delivery of the prize

The amount of the prize (EUR 2,500) will be paid in a single instalment through a wire transfer. The prize will be conferred in a public event organised by the School of International Studies by the end of 2020. The shortlist will be published on the website of the University of Trento. The winner will be notified of the final result, after which he/she will have to confirm or decline the award within the time limit indicated in the notification. In the event of the winner declining the award, the prize shall be awarded to the runner-up.

Art. 6 – Processing of personal data

In accordance with art. 13 of Regulation EU 2016/679 “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR), the University will process personal data to perform its task carried out in the public interest and exclusively for the execution of this selection procedure (art. 6, paragraph 1, letter e), art. 9, paragraph 2, letter g), art. 10 of GDPR)The Data Controller is the University of Trento, via Calepina n. 14, 38122 Trento, email:; The contact details of the Data Protection Officer are as follows: avv. Fiorenzo Tomaselli, via Verdi n. 8, 38122, email: Personal data will be processed on paper or digitally exclusively by personnel authorised for this task and in full respect of the principles of lawfulness, fairness, transparency, purpose limitation, data minimisation, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity, confidentiality and accountability.

The data collected will not be transferred to third countries outside of the EU. The disclosure of personal data is necessary to carry out this award procedure and lack of disclosure will result in the exclusion from it. Personal data will be kept for the period necessary to carry out the award procedure and fulfill all the related legal requirements. The data subject has the right to obtain at any time access to her or his personal data in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR and particularly to request access, rectification, erasure as well as restriction of processing. This is without prejudice to the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) in accordance with art. 77 of GDPR.

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