Early Career Researchers

ISCHELogo-transperent.pngAs in previous ISCHE-conferences, several events will take place during ISCHE 42 aimed exclusively at undergraduates, postgraduates and other early career researchers. These events are also open to participants with a PhD degree for less than five years. The ISCHE 42 ECR representatives Inês Félix (Executive Committee) and Emma Vikström and Franziska Primus (Local Organizing Committee) are coordinating these efforts.

During ISCHE 42 we will be hosting an Early Career Researcher Lunch, intended to welcome young scholars from all over the world and introduce the ISCHE-EC members. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet other researchers in the field, learn about ISCHE initiatives and to give feedback on how ISCHE can support you as an early career researcher.

In the evening, we will get together for the Early Career Researcher Night Out. This will be another great opportunity to exchange experiences and network with other delegates. More information will follow on this.

Session on Publishing
ISCHE 42 conference features a special session for ECR-researchers focusing on Publishing in History of Education Journals. Some of the most renowned editors-in-chief from worldwide and prestigious journals will be invited to discuss publication strategies and provide advice on scientific writing and communication.

Please contact Emma Vikström and Franziska Primus, who are responsible for the ECR-activities, via This is an email address.

The ISCHE Early Career Conference Paper Award is given for the best paper presented at the previous ISCHE conference by an Early Career Researcher.

The award committee consists of four members who are jointly appointed by the chief local organizer, the President of ISCHE and the editor-in-chief of Paedagogica Historica. In evaluating submissions the committee takes into consideration the quality of the work, innovation in sources and methods used, contribution to the annual conference theme and overall contribution to the field.

The papers submitted should be developed as if for an article submitted to Paedagogica Historica. For further information, please see the journal’s instructions for authors. Information about how to submit a paper for the award is announced at each ISCHE conference.

The ISCHE Early Career Conference Paper Award may be selected to be published in the conference special issue of Paedagogica Historica or in a general issue with acknowledgement to ISCHE conference.

If you will present a paper at ISCHE 42 in Örebro and are interested in submitting it to the Award, information on how to do it will be available here in early August.

Since 2017 ISCHE devotes some of the membership revenue to an ISCHE Travel Fund for the annual conference.
These funds are for ISCHE members* who are doctoral students and early career researchers (up to 5 years post-PhD) without full-time faculty appointments and who are based in low-GDP countries**.
Applicants must have their conference paper accepted and submit the following documents to This is an email address with the subject line “ECR travel fund request”:

  • Filled in Travel Fund request form in one of  the five ISCHE languages (English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish) [available here]
  • Evidence of advanced student or early-career status (student card, dissertation certificate)
  • Brief CV (maximum 2 pages) written in one of languages above mentioned.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and previous recipients of the travel fund are not eligible.

The Travel Fund Committee*** receives the applications and ranks them according to the information submitted. The chair will then decide on the applicants who’ll be granted the travel fund with the approval of the committee.
For ISCHE 42 in Örebro, ISCHE will award a maximum of 400€ for travels within the continent where the conference takes place and a maximum of 800€ for intercontinental travels.

The deadline for ISCHE Travel Funds has been paused until a new timeline of ISCHE 42 has been set.

Please note that the travel fund is given after proof of attendance at the conference. For this reason, in order to receive the travel fund, the recipients will be handed out a form at ISCHE which must be filled in, signed and given to the ECR representative (Inês Félix) during the conference.

*For information on how to become a member, please see
**Please note that the crucial factor for the reduced Low GDP fee is not the country of origin but the country of the institutional affiliation. As grounds for determining the GDP status of a country, ISCHE used the current World bank data, GDP per capita. The threshold for low-GDP country status is an annual per capita GDP which is lower than 71% of the GDP of the total EU.
*** ISCHE 42 Travel Fund Committee: Antonio F. Canales Serrano (chair), Angelo Van Gorp, Béatrix Vincze, Inês Félix and Marc A. VanOverbeke.