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UCL Neuroscience announces first Early Career Prize

8 April 2011


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The UCL Neuroscience Domain wishes to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience and will establish an annual prize fund of £1000 for this purpose. The winner will be presented with their prize at the forthcoming UCL Neuroscience Symposium on 1st July 2011 at which they would have the opportunity to give a 20 minute presentation of their work.

Deadline for submission of nominations is 5pm, Monday 9th May. Nominations should be sent electronically to neuroscience@ucl.ac.uk


The competition is open to all UCL PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and junior Principal Investigators (first position as PI, lecturer, or research fellow and within 10 years of receipt of postgraduate degree (PhD or MD)) working on any aspect of neuroscience.

Nominees are expected to have led a groundbreaking piece of work that they have published as first author in a peer-reviewed journal between 1st January 2010 and 9th May 2011. (Papers accepted/ in press before deadline of 9th May will also be eligible for inclusion if accompanied by confirmation of acceptance from the Journal).

Nominees must be available to attend the UCL Neuroscience Symposium on 1st July and be prepared to give a 20 minute presentation of their work.

Only one application per individual is allowed.

Assessment criteria

Nominations will be judged by an internal expert panel (to be convened) according to the following criteria:

1. Calibre of publication, originality and potential impact on its field

2. Nominee's involvement in that paper


Nominations will be assessed in two groups. Two prizes will be awarded with one overall winner being selected to present their work at the symposium:

1. PhD student - Junior postdoc (up to 3 years post-PhD)

2. Senior Postdoc (+3 years post-PhD)- Junior PI (<10 years post-PhD experience)

Candidates should self-nominate. Nominations must include the following documentation:

1. A supporting statement from the nominee, providing a brief summary of the research (in language accessible to a broad range of neuroscientists), the significance of the work and potential impact on its field together with a description of the nominee's involvement (must not exceed one page of A4/500 words). Nominees should also indicate clearly (at the top of the statement) which of the two groups above they fall into.

2. The publication to be considered in pdf format

3. A list of up to 5 of your own relevant publications that support the nomination

4. Confirmation of impending publication by the Journal (only applicable if article accepted but not yet published)

Any queries should be sent to neuroscience@ucl.ac.uk