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AAAS Early Career Award for International Students in USA, 2017


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is inviting applicants for its Early Career Award. This award is open to applicants from all over the world.

The aim of the AAAS Early Career Awards is to promote meaningful dialogue between science and society.

AAAS is an American international non-profit organization with the stated goals of promoting cooperation among scientists, defending scientific freedom, encouraging scientific responsibility, and supporting scientific education and science outreach for the betterment of all humanity.

Degree Level: The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.

Available Subject: This award is available in the field of Public Engagement with Science

Scholarship Benefits: The value of the award is $5,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the Award:

  • Candidate must be an individual scientist or engineer. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award. AAAS employees are ineligible. One scientist or engineer will be chosen to receive the award each year.
  • Candidate must be a scientist or engineer actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine). They may be based in academia, government or industry. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities.
  • Candidate must be “early career,” which is defined as an individual who has been in his/her current field for less than seven years and is pre-tenure or job equivalent (typically within 7 years of receiving a PhD). Post-doctoral fellows are eligible for this award.
  • Nominees no longer considered “early career” as defined by this award might be eligible for the AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science.
  • Candidate will have demonstrated excellence in his/her contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).
  • Types of public engagement activities might include informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities, such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafés, science fairs, and social and online media.

 Eligible Nationalities: Applicants from all over the world are eligible for this award.

Application Procedure:  Applicants can apply via online,

  • Materials must be in English
  • Applicants will be asked to provide:
  • Name, position, institution, professional address, email, and phone of the candidate
  • Name, position, institution, professional address, email, and phone of the nominator or person writing the letter of support (in the case of self-nominations)
  • Candidate qualifications statement of the public engagement activities that form the basis for the nomination
  • This statement of 500 words should discuss the candidate’s approach to public engagement. It should emphasize the candidate’s public engagement goal(s), intended audience(s), and message(s), as well as the level and type of dialogue achieved with their audiences, evaluation of public engagement work, and examples of how public engagement has affected the candidate’s scientific work.
  • A letter of support from the nominator (a person who can speak to the candidate’s public engagement efforts)
  • This letter should provide more insight into the candidate’s work and discuss their accomplishments.
  • This letter can be written by a colleague, supervisor or participant.
  • Up to two additional letters from different nominators may be submitted (not required).
  • At least two (up to three) representative material samples or other documentation which illustrate or describe the candidate’s public engagement contributions
  • Samples should exhibit the activities discussed in the statement and further contribute to the narrative of the nomination, showing different representations of the breadth of their public engagement.
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • Limit CV to five pages, with a specific section highlighting public engagement activities distinct from work that is required as part of the candidate’s job.
  • All materials submitted become the property of AAAS. Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology via email.

Online Application

Deadline: The application deadline is August 15, 2017.

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