The European Young Researchers Award in a nutshell
The European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA) is granted by Euroscience since 2010 to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance and leadership. It aims to inspire early stage researchers to incorporate a European dimension and perspective into their research.
The Award is granted each year; in odd years, the prize is dedicated to PhD candidates, and in even years to post-doctoral fellows. The prize-giving-ceremony is held every two years at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) where the two recipients will present their work. In 2018 the forum will be held in Toulouse, France from July 9 to July 14.
The Award consists of a certificate, waiving the participation fee to ESOF, a grant to cover travel and accommodation for the stay in the ESOF city and one year free EuroScience membership.
The deadline for the 2018 call, dedicated to postdoctoral fellows, was Tuesday January 30, 2018 11.59 CET.
Some previous awardees and where they are now
- Donal Brennan (2010 awardee for his work on breast cancer-associated biomarkers) is now Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at University College Dublin.
- Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk (2011 awardee for her work in nanoscience) is now Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark.
- Davide Scaramuzza (2012 awardee for his work on artificial intelligence) is now Professor at the University of Zürich and ETH Zürich.
- Luz Rello (2013 awardee for her work on tools to support people with dyslexia) is now Ashoka fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University.
- Rebecca Melen (2014 awardee for her work in inorganic chemistry) is now Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University).
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- The research must have a clear European dimension, either because it is embedded in a collaboration of researchers in different European countries or it is a research project in one European country that addresses a research topic of European added value.
- The research should be of demonstrably excellent quality (publications, prizes, grants, patents, references in newspapers, etc.)
- The criteria that the jury will take into account are: quality of the research results obtained, role in the definition of the research project, inspiration to others (fellow students, members of the research group), outreach to wider audiences.
- Candidates should work in a European country (understood in the geographic sense as defined by Council of Europe’s membership rules), but are not required to have a European nationality. **
- The 2018 call is open to young researchers who are presently enrolled in a postdoctoral programme of any kind and who have defended their thesis after January 1st, 2012.
- The application should be in English.
Application procedure and documentation
- Cover page – form to be downloaded on our platform, completed and included in the online application
- Up to two pages A4 describing the research and its European dimension (upload under supporting documents)
- Maximum of two pages CV including statement of prizes/awards already received.
- A list of publications, posters for exhibitions, conferences, performances (including concerts for students in performing arts and musicology, etc.) (upload under supporting documents)
- In addition, candidates must supply the names of two scientists and emails in support of the nomination; each of them should be asked to write and send directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline January 30 their support letter of no more than two pages A4 commenting on the quality of the candidate in the context of the criteria listed above. These two letters should be from individuals well qualified in the field, at least one of whom not associated with the research itself.
Applications which do not meet eligibility criteria or do not respect the application procedure, in particular, the length of documents will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
An international selection Committee will evaluate the applications and select the Awardee. The winner should be announced beginning of May 2018.
Please note that the winner’s application will be published on EuroScience’s website.
** “Post Docs paid by European funds but currently on a Post Doc mission abroad as part of the funding institution’s requirements (no longer than 2 years and concluding their Post Doc in Europe) are also eligible to apply for the EYRA call 2018.”