The Centre CultureI Irlandais had created two biannual awards to support Franco-Irish cultural relations : the Prix de Thèse and Prix de Traduction awards

Prix de thèse du Centre Culturel Irlandais

Established in 2013 by the Fondation Irlandaise, Centre CultureI Irlandais’ ruling body, this award of €3,000 is intended to help the beneficiary to publish their work and bring it to a wide audience.

Theses concerned by the Prix
Next Prix de Thèse: 2021
Theses in French and presented in a French university between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020.
Current terms and conditions available here 

How to submit a thesis for the Prix
Send two printed copies and a digital version of the thesis together with two copies of the C.V. of the author and two copies of the “rapport de thèse” to Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

Next deadline: 31 March 2021
For all other enquiries, please contact: or 00 33 1 58 52 10 30

Jury members:

- Pierre Joannon, President of the Jury
Doctor of Law, Historian and Specialist in Irish history

- Fabienne Dabrigeon
Professor of Irish Studies at University of Lille, retired

- Alain Hespel
President of the Fondation Irlandaise

- Wesley Hutchinson
Professor Emeritus, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

- Michael McWilliams
Treasurer of the Fondation Irlandaise

- Cliona Ni Riordain
University Professor and Director of ERIN, the Irish Studies Research Group, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Previous Recipients
Prix de thèse 2019 : Pierre-Louis Coudray, Université de Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, « Mourir à la guerre, survivre à la paix : les militaires irlandais au service de la France au XVIIIe siècle, une reconstruction historique »; supervised by Catherine Denys and Catherine Maignant

Prix de thèse 2017 : Marion Naugrette-Fournier, Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, "Pour une nouvelle histoire des objets : réévaluation, classement et recyclage dans l’œuvre de Derek Mahon"; supervised by Carle Bonafous-Murat

Prix de thèse 2015 : Emmanuel Destenay, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne, "Expériences de guerre et retours à la vie civile des combattants irlandais, 1914-1928", supervised by Olivier Forcade and Philippe Nivet

Prix de thèse 2013 : Lison Ducastelle, Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, "L’IRA de la violence armée au désarmement (1969-2005) : enjeux, symboles et mécanismes", supervised by Valérie Peyronel

The theses from 2013 and 2015 can be consulted at the Médiathèque on request.


Prix de traduction du Centre Culturel Irlandais

Established in 2019, in partnership with Literature Ireland, the « Prix de traduction » was created for the promotion of Irish literature in the French language.
The « Prix de traduction » aims to support the translation of works of fiction by Irish authors who are as yet unknown in France.
The prize of €3,500 is awarded to the translator. Only first translations published in the two years prior to application can be entered for the prize.
See all the titles in the run for the 2021 edition

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2021
Full terms and conditions of the prize are available here.
In partnership with Literature Ireland.

Jury members:

- Clíona Ní Ríordáin, President of the Jury
University Professor and Director of the Irish Studies Research Group at University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. Translator and specialist in literary translation.

- Sinéad Mac Aodha, Vice-President of the Jury
Director of Literature Ireland

- Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère
Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

- Mona de Pracontal
Translator and Recipient of the Prix de Traduction 2019

- Frédérique Roussel
Journalist at Libération

Prix de Traduction du Centre Culturel Irlandais 2019 : Mona de Pracontal, translator of 'Nothing on earth' (Rien d’autre sur Terre) by Conor O’Callaghan, Editions Sabine Wespieser