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Early Career Researcher UK Awards

The Early Career Researcher Awards recognize and reward outstanding Early Career Researchers (ECRs) making a significant contribution to their field of research and thus having a positive effect on society. We believe in the vital importance of supporting researchers at an early stage in their career and want to recognize the institutions that foster them.

Make sure you nominate your most talented peers for this years’ Researchers’ Choice Communication Award:

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Elsevier Early Career Researcher UK Awards

The Early Career Researcher UK Awards program comprises two separate award categories: The Scopus Early Career Researcher Award and the Researchers' Choice Communication Award. We are looking forward to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of UK early career researchers.

Stay tuned on this page for updates about the virtual ceremony which takes place on Monday, 16th November.

The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award

The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award

The Researchers’ Choice Communication Award (RCCA) recognizes early career researchers with excellent communication skills. Enter your nomination now!

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The Scopus Early Career Researcher Award

The Scopus Early Career Researcher Award

Recognizes early career researchers across six research disciplines. Winners are chosen by an expert panel of judges based on their Scopus profiles.

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Criteria for Qualification for both awards:

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

*Please note that candidacy for the Scopus Early Career Researcher Award is not on an application / submission basis. Click here for more information about this award program.


Since 1995, Elsevier has hosted the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Awards with partner organizations around the world.

In a concerted effort to support the growth and development of research talent in the UK, Elsevier and the US-UK Fulbright Commission launched the UK edition of the ECR Awards in 2011. Since then, this has been a successful biennial event in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and now again in 2020.

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchange programs for shorter projects and a social mobility program for younger students. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Program. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Program include poet Sylvia Plath, Liam Byrne MP and Dr. Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor, Monetary Policy, Bank of England. www.fulbright.org.uk

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