The Early Career Research Award recognises excellence in scientific achievement in psychology among psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers in Australia. The Early Career Research Award is intended for Candidates whose achievements are outstanding and place them significantly ahead of their peers.
Each year up to three Early Career Research Awards may be conferred.
- Candidates must be Members of the Society.
- b. The Early Career Research Award may only be conferred upon Candidates who have, within sixty (60) active months postdoctoral (not necessarily continuous in the event of career disruptions) at the time of the closing date for nominations, received written advice from the Candidate’s tertiary institution or higher education provider confirming eligibility for conferral of the Candidate’s PhD in psychology. A career disruption involves a prolonged interruption to a Candidate’s ability to work, either due to absence or partial return to work as a result of illness or carer’s duties.
2. Judging Criteria
- In judging Candidates for the award, the Selection Committee will have regard to:
- The Candidate’s overall contribution to the discipline of psychology including the academic impact of their work
- The number of publications, prizes, grants and scholarships previously awarded to the Candidate
- The level of scientific creativity demonstrated by the Candidate
- The originality and quality of research undertaken by the Candidate; and
- The level of recognition by external bodies of the Candidate’s work.
3. Value of the Award
- Successful Candidates for an Early Career Research Award will:
- Be offered a one year membership of the Society, for the following twelve (12) month period at no cost.
- Be invited to present a paper on their work at the Society’s Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Early Careers Research Award. Upon acceptance of this invitation, successful Candidates will be entitled to complimentary:
- Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the conference destination
- Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to three (3) nights at a hotel near the conference venue
- Conference registration.
- Receive a plaque for the Early Career Research Award.
4. Administration of Early Career Research Award
4.1 Nomination Process
- A call for nominations for the Early Career Research Award will be:
- Advertised in InPsych
- Provided to the Heads of School or Department of each tertiary institution or higher education provider.
- Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by another person
- Nominations should be submitted in writing using the Society’s nomination form and must include:
- The Candidate’s curriculum vitae
- A copy of the written advice from the Candidate’s tertiary institution or higher education provider confirming eligibility for conferral of their PhD in Psychology
- Details of all publications, prizes, grants and scholarships the Candidate has previously been awarded
- Copies of five (5) selected publications, at least one of which should be concerned with research completed after the completion of the Candidate’s PhD.
- Two (2) Referee reports.
- Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Administrator, Science and Education, Australian Psychological Society via firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date.
4.2 Selection Process
- A Selection Committee will be responsible for:
- Determining a shortlist of appropriate Candidate/s for receipt of the Award
- Recommending appropriate Candidates to the Board for endorsement.
4.3 Award Presented
- All Candidates (both successful and unsuccessful) will be formally notified in writing before any public announcement is made.
- An acknowledgement of the successful Candidate will be published on the APS website and in the Society’s bimonthly bulletin, InPsych, and other relevant psychology and education publications in February of the year following the receipt of their Award.
- Each successful Candidate will be presented with an Early Career Research Award plaque, which will be presented at the APS Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Award.
5. Application form and closing date
Nominations have closed for 2016.
Any questions? If you have any queries, the Science and Education team can help on (03) 8662 3300 or email email@example.com.
6. Previous winners
Dr Melissa Day, University of Queensland
Dr Emma Sciberras, Deakin University
Dr Ben Colagiuri, University of Sydney
Dr Sally Gainsbury, Southern Cross University
Dr Daniel King, University of Adelaide
Dr Viviana Wuthrich, Macquarie University
Dr Daniel Gucciardi, Curtin University
Dr Matthew Gullo, University of Queensland
Dr Jee Hyun Kim, University of Melbourne
Dr Audrey McKinley, Monash University / University of Canterbury (NZ)
Dr Brock Bastian, University of Melbourne
Dr Stefanie Becker, University of Queensland
Dr Monique Robinson, University of Western Australia
Dr Damien Riggs, University of Adelaide
Dr Susan Cotton, University of Melbourne
Dr Paul Dux, University of Queensland
Dr Gillian Yeo, University of Western Australia
Dr Derek Arnold, University of Queensland
Dr Shayne Loft, University of Queensland
Dr Alison Waters, Griffith University
Dr Jason Connor, University of Queensland
Dr Lisa Phillips, University of Melbourne
Dr Peter Anderson, University of Melbourne
Dr Jennifer Hudson, Macquarie University
Dr Winnifred Louis, University of Queensland
Dr Adam Clarke, University of Wollongong
Dr Nicole Rinehart, Monash University
Dr Greig de Zubicaray, University of Queensland
Dr Warrick Brewer, University of Melbourne/Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr Geoff MacDonald, University of Queensland
Dr Allison Harvey, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Matthew Hornsey, University of Queensland
Dr Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland
Dr Tracey Wade, Australian National University
Dr Kaarin Anstey, Australian National University
Dr Amanda Barnier, University of NSW
Dr Martine Powell, Deakin University