2017 French National Election Study


The CEVIPOF, who is in charge of the 2017 French National Election Study, is pleased to invite scholars to submit applications to include custom designed content to waves of the panel study of the 2017 French National Election Study. The timeline of waves is not yet definitely set out.  Nevertheless at least 10 waves will be on the field as follows:


Panel Study 2015-2017


Wave 1

November 2015

Wave 2

February 2016

Wave 3

May 2016

Wave 4

mid-September 2016

Wave 5

December 2016

Wave 6

January/February 2017

Wave 7

March/April 2017 (pre-1st round)

Wave 8

April/May 2017 (post-1st round)

Wave 9

May 2017 (post-2nd round)

Wave 10

June 2017 (post-parliamentary elections)


The final dates of the waves will be announced at the end of August 2015.


This invitation is open to all scholars affiliated to a university, including those working in foreign institutions. User designed content may include, but is not limited to, survey experiments, and may also include (for example) short batteries of items asked in other national surveys.


The scientific project of the 2017 French National Election Study focuses on longitudinal, experimental as well as causal approaches to improve the understanding of the French electorate and better identify the process of the electoral decision. Priority will be given to proposals following at least one of these perspectives. The process will be competitive, and all applications will be judged by the leadership team and the Scientific Advisory Board.


We expect proposals to:

  • Exploit or benefit from the panel design and/or the large N study.
  • Be innovative, substantively or methodologically.
  • Have a potential for scientific impact beyond the proposing individual or team.

Please note that due to competing demand for survey space and the need for inter-wave continuity there will be no more than a total of four minutes of interview time for all user defined content in each wave. Proposals should bear this in mind and indicate the likely interview-time required to complete the proposed instruments. In order to satisfy different user needs, it may be necessary to balance the sample size for any module against the amount of time required to complete the module.

Application requirements

  • Applications (in French or in English) longer than 2 pages (A4, font size 12) - not including the questions or instruments, which may be appended separately - will not be reviewed.
  • Applications MUST set out the theoretical justification for inclusion in the 2017 French Electoral Survey.
  • All proposals MUST include full details of the actual questions or experiments (including wording and response categories in French or in English).
  • Proposed questions or experiments MUST be short and pay due attention to potential effects on response rates, and recognise the large number of competing demands and limited survey space.
  • Proposals MUST carefully consider which (and how many) waves are required to carry out the research effectively.
  • All proposals MUST consider carefully the minimal sample size they require and provide adequate justification as user content can be delivered to sub-samples only (with conventional SES variables).
  • Proposals for experiments should consider carefully the statistical power of the experiments and the number of treatment groups in relation to the requested sample size.


The deadline for proposals is the 10th of September 2015.


Proposals must be submitted to the following address: cevipof.2017@sciencespo.fr

Decisions will be sent to applicants before 30 September 2015 for the first wave.


Martial Foucault

Full professor of political science

Sciences Po, director of CEVIPOF