Early Career Award (A)

The Early Career Award for early achievement in astronomy is for research by an individual in a UK institution whose career has shown the most promising development within five years of completing their PhD (including emerging areas). 

The prize of £1000 is for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK institution in astronomy whose career has shown the most promising development.

At the time of nomination candidates, in normal circumstances, should have completed their PhD (defined as passing the viva examination) no more than 5 years previously. This time limit will not restrict the award of the prize to an individual who has taken maternity or paternity leave, who has taken a career break, for example for family reasons, or who has followed another career path (e.g. was educated in a system outside the UK, came to scientific research as a mature individual etc.).


To nominate

Nominations should be submitted by 31 July for the following year's awards, and include:

  • The online nomination form.
  • Curriculum Vitae. This should be no longer than 4 pages long.  If the CV is not in the public domain, please ensure that you have the nominee's permission to pass on to a third party. Please note that not all award nominations require CVs or publication lists
  • The top 10 key refereed publications (preferably with citation data. Ideally, this publication list should be extracted from the Web of Science)
  • Your nomination (minimum length 300 words, maximum length 600 words). This should address how the nominee fulfills the criteria of the Award, and also include the nominee's present career stage, the nominee's present post, and other awards and honours. Successful nominations argue a strong case for why the nominee deserves the award over and above one of their peers working in the same area. It is helpful if the nomination is phrased in such a way that extracts from it can be used in the formal recommendation of the Committee. The panel would also find it helpful if more general information on the nominee’s contributions to the community could be included. For example, mentoring, public engagement work, leadership, committee/panel service, etc. The panel appreciates that such activity will vary according to the career stage of the nominee.
  • Additionally, please give details of two referees. Please ensure you have contacted the referees and that they agree to write a letter of support. They will receive an automated email from us once the nomination has been submitted.


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