Young Investigator Awards

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.


For more information, please contact the ECR Coordinator and Career Development Adviser, Dr Amelia Scaffidi 6488 7553.



The 2013 Outstanding Young Investigator Award is designed to recognize outstanding research achievements by Early Career Researchers and aims to promote and encourage emerging young investigators who are establishing independent research careers.



To be eligible for these awards, applicants must:

  • have had their PhD awarded after 1 January 2008. Career interruptions such as illness, family and career responsibilities will be taken into account if more than the prescribed period has passed since the award of their PhD.
  • hold a full-time or fractional (at least 0.4 FTE) UWA appointment. Adjunct, clinical and honorary appointees are eligible to apply provided they are not employed by another University.
  • not have been a previous recipient of a UWA Outstanding Young Investigator Award. If you were a previous recipient of a UWA High Achieving Young Investigator Award you will only be eligible for the UWA Outstanding Young Investigator Award category.

Selection Criteria

The principal selection criteria will be the quality of the candidate's research track record, relative to opportunity, in any of the following areas:

  • number and quality of peer-reviewed journal publications including books and book chapters.
  • grants and fellowships.
  • other forms of research activity such as conference presentations, invited speaker, awards and prizes.


The application process

Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another person.

The application must include a:

  • copy of the application coversheet (see attachment on the right).
  • current CV which should detail acquired grants and accepted publications. For peer-reviewed journal publications please include impact factor, ranking within discipline and citation index.
  • brief executive summary of no more than half a page summarising career accomplishments and goals.


The award

The Award: Five, $2000 awards are being offered to individuals who have made significant contributions to their field of research. At the discretion of the selection committee, $1000 awards may be offered. These are known as the UWA High Achieving Young Investigator Award. The award will be allocated into a UWA Research Account.


Applications must be submitted electronically to Dr Amelia Scaffidi by 5pm Friday 8th November.