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MAPS Faculty ECR Forum Awards 2024 - Open for Applications

3 May 2024

The MAPS Faculty ECR Forum is proud to launch the ECR Forum Awards 2024 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions made by the ECRs in various areas.


Early-career researchers (ECRs) are a valuable research community within the MAPS faculty. To recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions made by the ECRs in various areas, the MAPS ECR Forum is very pleased to announce the following five Awards. The prize for each award is a love2shop voucher worth £150.00. There will be one or two awards given in each category and if we do not receive suitable high-quality applications for a specific category, none will be given for that category.

We only accept self-nominations, but ask supervisors and line managers to encourage ECRs they would recommend to apply. We will also ask for the name and email address of your supervisor or line manager so that when you win, we will let them know as well. Applicants that did not win in previous years are welcome to reapply.

The categories for the awards are given below:

Research Excellence Award
Recognition for outstanding research while at UCL. Please provide evidence of how your research has contributed to your field of research or has made considerable positive impact on science, culture, society, or the wider world.
Teaching Excellence Award
Recognition for making outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of UCL students. Examples include, but are not limited to, activities to support students learning, innovative teaching methods, positive feedback received from students, etc.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award
Recognition for exceptional work or contributions that individuals or teams make to progressing equality, diversity or inclusion practice within UCL. You can demonstrate how you have embedded EDI in your research or in delivering your project, or more generally in promoting or actively involved in EDI in your immediate group, department or community.
Outreach and Communication Award
Recognition for extraordinary outreach work carried out by researchers who inform, enthuse, and engage the public with their UCL research. Please provide evidence of your exceptional communications skills and how you have gone beyond the publication of your research papers and used innovative ways to communicate your research to the public in both an understandable and engaging way.
Community Award
Recognition for colleagues who do amazing things beyond the boundaries of specific roles and/or beyond the boundaries of UCL. Examples include, but are not limited to, volunteering, champions, contributing to Community of Practices, etc.

Who is eligible to apply?
All current ECRs: PhDs, PDRAs and research fellows, etc. within 6 years of receiving their PhD award. Extensions to this 6-year time can be made for career breaks.

How will your application be assessed?
Your application will be reviewed by a panel that consists of 8 members of the MAPS ECR Forum, which is made up of early career researchers across MAPS faculty. Therefore, please explain your contribution to a general audience, being clear about the impact you have made.

What is the timeline?
3rd May: announcement of the Awards
14th June: deadline for applications
Mid July: outcome of applications and issue of Awards.

How do I claim the Awards?
The Awards are in the form of Love2Shop e-vouchers and will be issued by email to the winners.

How do I apply?
Please complete the Application Form by 14th June.

Who to contact?
Please contact Cindy Li at se.li@ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries.