Celebrating the contribution of Early Career Researchers to research improvement

Have you, or someone you know, achieved or contributed something special to improve research or promote open research practices?

UKRN are seeking nominations for the Dorothy Bishop Prize, which recognises and rewards the achievements of Early Career Researchers.

We particularly encourage nominations of individuals whose work has perhaps not yet achieved the recognition it deserves and would benefit from the recognition associated with this award.

The Award

There will be up to three awards. The winners will each be awarded a prize of £500 (in the form of an Amazon voucher) and a “Doscar” (a Lego minifigure of Dorothy Bishop).

Who is Eligible?

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

To be eligible for this prize, you need to be based in the UK and consider yourself an “Early Career Researcher” (ECR).

We consider an Early Career Researcher to be someone who has completed their PhD within the last 7 years. If you have had gaps in your research career, or faced other challenges, such as long-term illness or caring responsibilities, we may consider you as an ECR for a longer time period.

If you are an ECR, you may hold a post-doctoral position, early career fellowship, lectureships/assistant professorship, or equivalent.

We encourage nominations of and from individuals that belong to groups that have historically been excluded from research.

How to Nominate

Nominations open today, Monday 11 December 2023, and close at midnight GMT on Sunday 28 January 2024.

Nominations will be made via an online form (see below).

This form asks for the name and contact address of yourself and the person you are nominating and allows you to upload the short (1 page) nomination letter.

The nomination letter should:

  • focus on the contribution(s) to efforts to improve research quality made by your nominee;
  • and include a signature (an electronic signature is acceptable).

Nominations received before midnight GMT on Sunday 28 January 2024 will be considered.

The UKRN Dorothy Bishop Prize Task Force will shortlist based on:

  • Evidence of a sustained contribution to the promotion and delivery of activities that have served to improve research or promote open research practices. Contributions will be evaluated relative to opportunity.
  • Evidence that the award will raise the profile of the work of the nominee. And, how it may improve uptake and adoption of the activity or activities.
  • Alignment with the mission and values of UKRN.

Examples might include innovative approaches to training, community building, good citizenship, advocacy and more.

A task force consisting of members of the UKRN International Advisory Committee will evaluate the nominations and create a shortlist. The winner(s) will then be chosen by the Supervisory Board.

Nominees will be notified that they are shortlisted in February 2024.

The winner or winners will be announced at the UKRN Annual Meeting in March 2024.

Nominate Today!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: contact@ukrn.org.