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Early Career Researcher UK Awards

Since 1995, Elsevier has hosted the Early Career Researcher Awards with partner organisations around the world.

The Early Career Researcher Awards recognise and reward outstanding Early Career Researchers making a significant contribution to their field of research and thus having a positive effect on society. Elsevier believes in the vital importance of supporting researchers at an early stage in their career and wants to recognise the institutions that foster them.

The Early Career Researcher UK Awards comprises of two separate awards programmes:

  • Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Award
  • Researchers’ Choice Communication UK Award

The next award ceremony will take place in 2020. Elsevier is looking forward to celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of the UK’s early career researchers!


Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Award

Elsevier has hosted the Early Career Researcher Awards around the world with various partner organisations since 1995 in a concerted effort to support the growth and development of research talent globally. In the UK Elsevier has partnered with the US-UK Fulbright Commission for this biennial event in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and now again in 2020.

Six bright early career scientists will be recognised in six different science categories: Arts and Humanities, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and announced before an audience of distinguished guests at the online awards ceremony. Each winner will receive a grant of £1,500.


Researchers' Choice Communication UK Award

This UK award, first introduced in 2015, has been developed by Elsevier in association with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, whose partnership began in 2011.

The Researchers' Choice Communication Award recognises early career researchers who have excelled in communicating the purpose, meaning and impact of their research to the wider public. The candidates are nominated by their colleagues and peers. The winner will be chosen from a shortlist by an expert panel of judges and announced before the audience of distinguished guests at the awards ceremony, and will receive a grant of £1,500.

The aim of this award is to stimulate researchers at an early stage in their career to promote the science they are passionate about to the wider population, recognising that excellent communication skills are vital both to researchers’ careers and to advancing public engagement with science.

Keep an eye on this page for upcoming news regarding the Early Career Researcher Awards 2020.


Criteria for Qualification for both awards:

  • Nominees have published for the first time in 2017 or more recently;
  • Nominees have an affiliation to an HE institution in the United Kingdom and are residents in the UK;
  • Nominees have less than 100 co-authors (in total). This criterion is applied because it is very difficult to assess the contribution of single researchers in projects with very large co-author groups.

Winners of the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Awards 2018

On Thursday 4th October 2018, Elsevier and the US-UK Fulbright Commission announced the winners of the 2018 UK Early Career Researcher Awards. Full details can be read here.

Dr Richard Millar

2018 Award Winner
University of Oxford
Environmental Science

Dr Sarah McGlasson

2018 Award Winner
University of Edinburgh
Medicine

Dr Filippo Menga

2018 Award Winner
University of Reading
Social Sciences

Dr Alex Ganose

2018 Award Winner
University College London
Physical Sciences

Dr Serene Chen

2018 Award Winner
Imperial College London & University of Cambridge
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

Dr Charlotte Wray

2018 Award Winner
Royal Holloway, University of London
Arts and Humanities

Winner of the Researchers’ Choice Communication Award 2018

Dr Joanne Jordan of the University of Manchester investigated the impact of climate change on the lives of the urban poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Using local performance art to highlight the impact of climate change as slum dwellers experience it in their daily lives, Joanne has brought her work to over 7,000 people including those she studied, policy makers, academics, students and the general public.

Winners of the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Awards 2015

Dr Michael Booth

2015 Award Winner
University of Oxford
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology

Dr Chris Sweetapple

2015 Award Winner
University of Exeter
Environmental Science

Dr Jack Alexander-Webber

2015 Award Winner
University of Cambridge
Physical Sciences

Dr Sagar Jilka

2015 Award Winner
Imperial College London
Arts & Humanities

Dr Katherine Battle

2015 Award Winner
University of Oxford
Medicine

Dr Jonathan Fisher

2015 Award Winner
University of Birmingham
Social Sciences

Winner of the Researchers' Choice Communication Award 2015

Matthew Allen

2015 Award Winner
Cardiff University
Astrophysics

  • His YouTube Channel and website have attracted significant media attention
  • Writes regularly in Astronomy magazine
  • Created two new apps that use astronomy data in a format compatible with Google Cardboard glasses

Winners of the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Awards 2013

Jennifer Watling

2013 Award Winner
University of Exeter
Arts & Humanities

Dr Liam Clegg

2013 Award Winner
University of York
Social Sciences

Dr Stephen Montgomery

2013 Award Winner
University College London
Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology

Winners of the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Awards 2011

Dr Angela Druckman

2011 Award Winner
University of Surrey
Environmental Sciences

Dr Matt Grove

2011 Award Winner
University of Liverpool
Humanities

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