Funding organisation:Université de Liège

The Prize Joseph Merlot-Joseph Leclercq Prize was created in 1964 by CIRIEC-Belgium. The prize, which amounts to € 3.500, is awarded in recognition of an outstanding PhD thesis that presents an original contribution to the field of public economics, conducted in one of the disciplines of the humanities:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Etc.
The Prize is intended to honour the memory of two pioneering promotors of public enterprise, Joseph Merlot and Joseph Leclercq, and aims to stimulate scientific research on public economics, especially in the areas of services of general interest, public policy, and evaluation tools.

The 2021 Prize is financed by the Province of Liège, RESA (main manager of the electricity and gas distribution networks in the province of Liège) and two Liège intermunicipal companies CILE and Intradel. In this way, these sponsors keep the memory of the founders of the Belgian branch of CIRIEC alive.

The candidates must be Belgian, nationals of the European Union, or reside in Belgium. Their work must be written in one of the three national languages ​​or in English. It should have been completed between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2021.

Candidates must send their application, motivation letter, CV, summary in English (5.000 - 6.000 characters), and 5 copies of their work to CIRIEC, Université de Liège, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs 1, Bât. B 33, bte 6, 4000 Liège before 25 September 2021.

Regulations in Dutch and in French can be found here: in Dutch.PDF in French.PDF

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Additional information can be obtained at CIRIEC, Université de Liège, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs 1, Bât. B 33, bte 6, 4000 Liège or via


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