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.

1. Eligibility

  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 post doctoral, not necessarily continuous, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 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:
      1. Domestic economy class travel between their home city and the conference destination
      2. Accommodation (room and breakfast only) for up to three (3) nights at a hotel near the conference venue
      3. Conference registration.
    3. Receive a plaque for the Early Career Research Award.

4. Administration of 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.
  4. Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Administrator, Science and Education, Australian Psychological Society via science@psychology.org.au by the closing date.

4.2 Selection Process

  1. A Board appointed 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 Annual Conference in the year following the receipt of their Award.  If a successful Candidate is unable to accept the invitation to attend the Society’s Annual Conference, their plaque will be forwarded after the Conference.

5. Application form and closing date

Nominations have closed for 2014.

Any questions? If you have any queries, the Science and Education team can help on (03) 8662 3300 or email science@psychology.org.au.

6. Previous winners

2013

Dr Daniel Gucciardi, Curtin University

Dr Matthew Gullo, University of Queensland

2012

Dr Jee Hyun Kim, University of Melbourne

Dr Audrey McKinley, Monash University / University of Canterbury (NZ)

2011

Dr Brock Bastian, University of Melbourne

Dr Stefanie Becker, University of Queensland

Dr Monique Robinson, University of Western Australia

2010 

Dr Damien Riggs, University of Adelaide

Dr Susan Cotton, University of Melbourne

2009 

Dr Paul Dux, University of Queensland

Dr Gillian Yeo, University of Western Australia

2008 

Dr Derek Arnold, University of Queensland 

Dr Shayne Loft, University of Queensland

Dr Alison Waters, Griffith University

2007 

Dr Jason Connor, University of Queensland 

Dr Lisa Phillips, University of Melbourne

2006

Dr Peter Anderson, University of Melbourne

Dr Jennifer Hudson, Macquarie University

Dr Winnifred Louis, University of Queensland

2005

Dr Adam Clarke, University of Wollongong

Dr Nicole Rinehart, Monash University

Dr Greig de Zubicaray, University of Queensland

2004

Dr Warrick Brewer, University of Melbourne/Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Geoff MacDonald, University of Queensland

2003

Dr Allison Harvey, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Matthew Hornsey, University of Queensland

2002

Dr Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland

Dr Tracey Wade, Australian National University

2001

Dr Kaarin Anstey, Australian National University

Dr Amanda Barnier, University of NSW

Dr Martine Powell, Deakin University

2000 Not awarded
*Details of winners back to 1982 available upon enquiry to science.awards@psychology.org.au