Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

Starting with 2016, the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award (co-sponsored by Elsevier and the Combustion Institute) will be given every year to recognize an early career researcher who has made a significant contribution to advance their field of research, which should fall under the broad umbrella of fundamental or applied combustion or combustion related fields.

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The Award is named the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award in recognition of Professor Tsuji's many important contributions to combustion science, most famously his invention and utilization of a stable counterflow burner configuration, the Tsuji burner. The configuration has influenced a vast number of fundamental studies and applications regarding flame structure, extinction, soot formation and other areas in laminar and turbulent combustion. It is also a foundational element for early career researchers coming to the field.

The winning researcher will receive US$ 10,000 and the presentation of the Award will take place at the biennial International Symposia on Combustion.

The Award is proudly sponsored by Elsevier and the Combustion Institute.

Nomination and selection process

  • The period for nominations will last for 6 weeks, opening on October 1 and closing on November 15 in the year preceding that for which the award will be given.
  • Eligible candidates are expected to have contributed, with an independent research profile, to their field and the date of the award of his or her PhD/Doctorate or equivalent should be between 4 and 10 years prior to the nomination deadline.
  • Both self-nominations and peer recommendations will be considered.
  • Applicants or those who wish to nominate a candidate should submit the following materials for consideration:
    • Curriculum Vitae of the candidate,
    • List of publications of the candidate,
    • Covering letter stating why the candidate would be a worthy winner of the award with full explanations of awards and grants the nominee has received,
    • Recommendation letters, no more than two pages in length, from two experts of international standing in the field
  • Applications should be sent to: Office@CombustionInstitute.org

Selection process:

  • The selection process will be overseen by the two Co-Chairs, namely the President of The Combustion Institute and the Publisher at Elsevier.
  • The initial review of nominations will be undertaken by the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award Committee, comprising world-class international experts across combustion, who will shortlist up to five nominations.
  • The final decision on which of the shortlisted nominations should be awarded will be made by the award committee supported (if required) by external reviews from world-class international experts in the subjects of the shortlisted nominations.
  • Candidates will be evaluated with respect to the scientific quality, originality and independence of their research.