UKRN are seeking nominations of Early Career Researchers to recognise their achievements and contributions to open research.


The Award

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of £500 and a “Doscar”.


Who is Eligible?

You can nominate yourself, or another person with their permission.

To be eligible for this prize, we’re defining “Early Career Researcher” as a person in a post-doc position or early career fellowship who has completed a PhD within the previous 7 years. However, we will also consider nominees with gaps in their research career. We include early career faculty (i.e., those with the position of lecturer / assistant professor or equivalent) in this definition.

To be eligible for the prize you must be based in the UK.

In summary, if you feel like you’re an Early Career Researcher, and are based in the UK, please consider yourself eligible to apply.


How to Nominate

Nominations open Monday 4th October and close on Friday 3rd December 2021.

Please send an email to with the subject line Dorothy Bishop Prize 2022 Nomination.

Include in your email a short (1 page) letter explaining your nomination, with a focus on the contribution to open research made by your nominee.

Nominations received before midnight GMT on Friday 3 December 2021 will be considered.

The UKRN Advisory Board will shortlist based on:

    • Evidence of a sustained contribution towards the promotion and delivery of activities that have served to improve research quality in the UK.
    • Alignment with the mission and values of UKRN.

Examples might include, but are not limited to, innovative approaches to training or community building, good citizenship and advocacy.

Nominations from individuals that belong to groups that have historically been excluded from research are particularly encouraged.


Further Information

Nominees will be notified that they have been shortlisted in February 2022.

The winner will be announced at the UKRN Annual Meeting in March 2022.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: