3. Profile of the award
The Comenius Early Career Psychologist Award aims to recognise developing academic excellence, particularly including contribution to teaching and learning. It will be given to a young European psychologist working in a European university whose contribution is demonstrated by:
- A developing portfolio of publications in scholarly journals, monograph(s), and chapters in books, and quotation index (not necessarily only in the English language).
- Presentations at national, European or international conferences, or other events.
- Originality/ novelty of their contribution to psychology as a science and/or a profession.
- Innovation/ creativity in teaching and learning.
- Contribution to the learning of psychology students.
- And who is within 10 years of the completion of their PhD or equivalent professional standing.
The award is intended as an encouragement for young psychologists, who are less likely to have accumulated different forms of capital and resources to support their careers.
EFPA would like to encourage a wide field of applications, and for a diverse group of people from across psychology to have the opportunity and feel encouraged and welcome to come forward, including those who may not normally consider such award schemes are for them. The award is open to all who meet the criteria, inclusive of all personal characteristics and from across European countries.
The Comenius Award is awarded during the European Congress of Psychology by the President of EFPA and a representative of the Union of Psychologists’ Associations of the Czech Republic (UPA), this may be a virtual or in-person attendance depending on circumstances.
There may be an opportunity to visit one or more of the Czech universities, give a lecture and exchange experiences and ideas with colleagues in the awardee’s field. Any opportunities available will be explored with the awardee after selection.