The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) and Taylor & Francis Group are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Taylor & Francis Best Journal Article Prize is Dr Erasmus J Petrus Cilliers, for his article, ‘Reconciling after civil conflict increases social capital but decreases individual well-being‘, published in Science in 2016.

Erasmus CilliersErasmus is a 2011 Commonwealth Scholar from South Africa, who undertook his DPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford. His article focuses on the truth and reconciliation efforts implemented by a Sierra Leonean non-governmental organisation, Fambul Tok, to restore social cohesion in Sierra Leone.

The 2017 competition received over 60 entries from current and former Commonwealth Scholars. The winner was chosen by a panel of experts drawn from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including Professor Brian Faragher (Chair in Medical Statistics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) and Professor Jonathan Wastling (Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Natural Sciences at Keele University).

This year,  judges and Taylor & Francis have awarded three entrants for submitting highly commended articles. They will each receive Taylor & Francis book vouchers worth £150.

The Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize is awarded to a Commonwealth Scholar who submits the most outstanding article published in a recognised peer-reviewed journal. This annual prize, first awarded in 2012, aims to encourage and reward the publication achievements of Commonwealth Scholars who are completing or have recently completed their doctoral studies.