CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 6th Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections

In collaboration with the

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Supported by the

ECPR Standing Group on
Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

29 February – 7 March 2020, Montréal (Canada)

Elections and voting behaviour are central topics in political science. This line of research calls for sophisticated research, both from a theoretical and a methodological point of view. The high-quality standards in the field imply that there is a need for specific training for PhD students working on these topics. The Leuven-Montréal Winter School addresses this need by offering a programme focused on theories and methods in the study of elections and voting behaviour. The Winter School is organized jointly by the universities of Montréal and Leuven, and is based on the expertise of these universities and other well-known scholars on elections and voting behaviour.


Doctoral students in political behaviour, elections, political parties and public opinion. Given the fact that we envision intensive interaction between students and professors, the maximum number of participants is limited to 25. Ideally, we will have a mix of junior and more advanced PhD students.

Courses and application

The school consists of 7 days of teaching, with approximately 42 contact hours. The contact hours comprise staff lectures, student presentations, and seminar discussions.

Lectures in this sixth edition will be given by Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University), Zeynep Somer-Topcu (University of Texas at Austin), Peter Loewen (University of Toronto), Michael S. Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa), Amanda Bittner (Memorial University), Richard R. Lau (Rutgers University) and Kathleen Dolan (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee).  

Students are required to attend all presentations by the faculty and their fellow students. In addition, they are expected to actively engage in the discussions. Successful participation in the Winter School will be fully accredited (6 ECTS). Additionally, students who require a grade will be evaluated according to the following three requirements: participation in the discussions of the seminar (25%), oral presentation of the student paper (25%), and the quality of the student paper as revised no later than 6 weeks after the end of the course (50%). This revision should reflect the recommendations given during the seminar.


The program fee is 470 CAD and includes lunches, course material, and the social program.


Interested students should send a title and an abstract (approximately 500 words) of their proposed paper to by December 20th, 2019. Applications should include information on the topic of the students’ dissertation, their affiliation and the name of their supervisor, as well as the date of first enrolment in a PhD program.

After being accepted

Students are required to submit a 8,000-word paper before the start of the Winter School (by February 14th 2020 at the latest). The paper can take the form of an empirical study, a theoretical discussion, a review of the literature, or a research design. If accepted, students will present their paper during one of the afternoon sessions and will receive feedback from other students and from one of the leading academic teachers of the Winter School. The best student paper will be awarded the 6th Victor D’Hondt Prize for Electoral Research.


The Winter School will take place in Montréal (Canada). Montréal is a bilingual city (French and English), rich in both history and culture (notably arts, food, and music). At the time of the Winter School, the season’s harshest temperatures are usually a thing of the past, but snow and temperature around the freezing point should be expected.


In 2020, the Université de Montréal hosts the Winter School.

Department of Political Science
Lionel-Groulx Building
3150 rue Jean-Brillant
Montréal QC
Google maps link to the venue

Organizing committee

André Blais (Université de Montréal)
Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal)
Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven)

Day-to-day program

The call for applications, and the day-to-day program of the 6th edition of the Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections can be downloaded here.

This content has been updated on 27 October 2022 at 10 h 33 min.