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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018


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Early Career Research Award

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.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Candidates must be Members of the Society.
  2. 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 (longer than 28 calendar days) to a Candidate’s ability to work, either due to total absence or partial return to work (which will be prorated) as a result of illness or significant carer’s duties (e.g. care of newborn, or of extremely ill family member). Only up to 24 months of career disruption can be counted. Adequate independent documentation of such periods of total or partial absence needs to be provided.

Judging criteria

  1. In judging Candidates for the award, the Selection Committee will have regard to:
    1. The Candidate’s overall contribution to the discipline of psychology including the academic impact of their work
    2. The number of publications, prizes, grants and scholarships previously awarded to the Candidate
    3. The level of scientific creativity demonstrated by the Candidate
    4. The originality and quality of research undertaken by the Candidate; and
    5. The level of recognition by external bodies of the Candidate’s work.

Value of the Award

  1. Successful Candidates for an Early Career Research Award will:
    1. Be offered a one year membership of the Society, for the following twelve (12) month period at no cost.
    2. Be invited to present a paper on their work at the APS Congress in the year following receipt of their award or, in years when no Congress will be held, at another high profile event. Upon acceptance of this invitation, successful Candidates will be entitled to complimentary:
      1. Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the Congress/event destination
      2. Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to three (3) nights at a hotel near theCongress/event venue
      3. Congress/event registration.
    3. Receive a plaque for the Early Career Research Award.


4.1 Nomination Process

  1. A call for nominations for the Early Career Research Award will be:
    1. Advertised in InPsych
    2. Provided to the Heads of School or Department of each tertiary institution or higher education provider.
  2. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by another person
  3. Nominations should be submitted in writing using the Society’s nomination form and must include:
    1. The Candidate’s curriculum vitae
    2. 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
    3. Details of all publications, prizes, grants and scholarships the Candidate has previously been awarded
    4. 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.
    5. Two (2) Referee reports.
  4. Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Administrator, Science and Education, Australian Psychological Society via science@psychology.org.auby the closing date.

4.2 Selection Process

  1. A Selection Committee will be responsible for:
    1. Determining a shortlist of appropriate Candidate/s for receipt of the Award
    2. Recommending appropriate Candidates to the Board for endorsement.

4.3 Award Presented

  1. All Candidates (both successful and unsuccessful) will be formally notified in writing before any public announcement is made.
  2. 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.
  3. Each successful Candidate will be presented with an Early Career Research Award plaque, which will be presented at the APS Congress in the year following the receipt of their Award or, in years when no Congress will be held, at another high profile event.

Application and closing date

Nominations for 2018 are now open and close 30 June 2018.

Please email the Nomination form, Referee Report form and all supporting information to:

Any questions?

Ask the Science and Education team: science@psychology.org.au or (03) 8662 3300

Previous winners


Dr Ryan Balzan, Flinders University

Dr Tegan Cruwys, The University of Queensland

Dr Deborah Mitchison, Macquarie University


Dr Rohan Borschmann, University of Melbourne/Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Dr Nicole Lovato, Flinders University

Dr Simon Rice, University of Melbourne/NorthWestern Mental Health


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

2000 Not awarded