Exclusively dedicated to the social sciences, the Mattei Dogan Foundation is located in Paris.
It offers prestigious prizes in disciplines as diverse as sociology, demography, psychology, social history or political science, and gives priority to comparative and interdisciplinary research.
These prizes are awarded in partnership with various organisations, such as the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the International Sociological Association, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), l’Association Française de Science Politique (AFSP) and la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH).
The Foundation was founded in 2001 by sociologist Mattei Dogan to promote the study of major issues in advanced or post-industrial societies from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, using methods practised in the social sciences. Since its creation, in addition to awarding these prizes, it has organised conferences and published books in partnership with the Russell Sage Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.
Mattei Dogan (1920-2010) was an internationally renowned sociologist from Romania, who worked both as a research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and as a professor of political science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
He also taught at Yale, Indiana University, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics in Tokyo, the University of Florence and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the Romanian Academy, holder of the silver medal of the CNRS and laureate of the Gustave Chaix d’Est-Ange Prize of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques.